Luke Rudolf Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Luke Rudolf
Portrait No. 18


Acrylic and oil on canvas

190 x 160 cm

Luke Rudolf’s portraits are not immediately obvious. What at first may appear to be abstract paintings that bring together sweeping brush marks and hard edge geometry, slowly reveal the suggestion of a face. In making his work, Rudolf draws from the traditions of modernism, where initially abstraction was an act of reducing an image down to an unrecognisable form. Rudolf’s process engages with this idea in reverse, bringing together expressive gestures and angular shapes so that they hover on the point of recognition.

Luke Rudolf
Portrait No. 19


Acrylic and oil on canvas

150 x 125 cm

Through his work Rudolf explores our drive for cognition: it’s human nature to identify a face, no matter how distorted or extreme the visual cues. His canvases tap into our instinctive hardwiring and describe psychological or subconscious experience. His paintings are equally seductive and violent: the fluid brushstrokes cut through by fragments of geometry suggest flesh and shrapnel. His lurid colours and highly textured surfaces are both tacky and beautiful, and convey a potentially sinister mysticism in their trippy psychedelic style. Rudolf activates our ancient instincts in a way that appeals to our contemporary sensibilities.

Luke Rudolf
Portrait No. 20


Acrylic and oil on canvas

174 x 145 cm

In modernist abstraction the emphasis was placed on the authenticity of an artist’s expression, where the creative spontaneity of a gesture is what made it unique. However, in Rudolf’s paintings his original brushstrokes are selected, dislocated, and carefully reconsidered. The idea of the synthetic is important to Rudolf’s work and is conveyed through his use of acid-colour, fluorescent, and faux metallic paint. His super-saturated surfaces, which are multi-layered with exaggerated textures, convey the commodified seduction of plastic, as well as the luminous glow of digital screens.

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Luke Rudolf's Biography

Luke Rudolf
1977 Born in Redhill
Lives and works in London


Luke Rudolf, solo exhibition, Kate MacGarry
Say What What Way, ShopAt34, London
The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, 176 Project Space, London

TAG, From 3 to 36: New London Painting, Brown, London
Paintings In The Sky, Kate MacGarry
Goldsmiths MFA Show 2009, Goldsmiths College, London
Group/Grope, Area 10, London

Sefton Open, Atkinson Gallery, Liverpool
Wallis Open, Hackney Wicked Art Festival, Wallis Studios, London
Interim Show for MFA Art Practice, Goldsmiths College, London
RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London

Group Show, Mercer Film Studios, Covent Garden, London
The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
The Viewing Club, Uxbridge Arms, Elephant and Castle, London

RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London
Seeing Faces, Robert Philips Gallery, London