Luke Cornish (E.L.K)
Born 1979. Lives and works in Melbourne.
E.L.K. has been exhibited alongside the 'Godfather' of street art, France's Blek le Rat and Britain's Banksy. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Iran, Germany, Britain and Australia.
Melbourne-based stencil artist Luke Cornish, also known as E.L.K., is rapidly gaining national and international recognition for his highly detailed photorealist street art. Selected as one of 41 finalists in the prestigious 2012 Archibald Prize for his portrait of Father Bob Maguire, Cornish is the first stencil art finalist in the history of the Prize.
Cornish's artistic process is extremely intensive - using up to 85 layers of carefully hand-cut acetate, he sprays layer upon layer of aerosol paint. The resulting image has a hyper-real quality due to his meticulous attention to minute detail and shadows. While Cornish infuses a certain amount of street-art aesthetics into his works, ultimately they have a richness and vitality that rivals more traditional media.
Cornish has been exhibited alongside the 'Godfather' of street art, France's Blek le Rat and Britain's Banksy. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Iran, Germany, Britain and Australia and was selected as finalist 2013 Sulman prize, semi-finalist 2012 Moran prize, finalist 2011 Metro Art Prize, winner of the Australian Stencil Art Prize in 2010 and was awarded 'Most Popular Stencil' at the Melbourne Stencil Festival in 2008. Cornish's work has recently been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and the Ballarat Gallery of Modern Art. He was the subject of the 2012 Tropfest shortlisted film 'Me We' directed and produced by Jacob Oberman. The short follows the making of his Archibald portrait of Father Bob. Luke also appeared in Oberman's ABC Artscape series "Subtopia" in September 2012.