Today we’d like to introduce you to Luke Schroeder.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I started painting in 2014 shortly after graduating from college with a philosophy degree. Uncertain how to apply my newly acquired skills to the economic domain, I decided to continue exploring the worlds of imagination and higher knowledge through pictures rather than words. So I began painting experimentally on cardboard boxes, and from there evolved a potent style that has continually brought forth compelling images, illuminating a wonderful range of human dreams along the way and into the future.
Please tell us about your art.
Painting requires magically endless concoctions of thought and feeling. So I currently undertake it as a practice of therapeutic communication between levels of consciousness. Guided by a love of philosophy and seeking higher resolution in all areas of life, I puzzle around with the experience of reality from the human perspective. This play consists of an unplanned process that evolves subconscious archetypes into a novel, complex figures evocative of dreams and suggestive of spiritual worlds. The point is not so much to represent specific entities or even forces but to stretch the viewer’s imagination to thereby cultivate his/her own sense of these, producing mystical and philosophical connections. I variously call the resulting style psychedelic cubism, metaphysical expressionism, and/or visionary surrealism
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
If art had a strict and specific definition of success, that would limit its effectiveness. Instead, I feel there’s necessarily a mystically open-ended quality to it all, where success involves awakening some combination of interest or intelligence or emotional satisfaction in someone—whether that someone is me or another human (or who knows what kind of entity!). Art consists principally in the creation of beautiful novel configurations, so it’s essential that we not establish comprehensive specifics for what counts, else we risk self-defeat. As such, it is really a process, not a point, one which must draw on interest and intrigue and further it simultaneously. So it seems like perseverance in accessing the past and future in this way is what connects and vitalizes artists with their deepest energies. Anyone can be a good artist if they make this connection with a true heart and an evolving mind.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I regularly curate an Instagram (@luke_schroeder_art) and a Facebook page (Luke Schroeder Art) and have a website (Lukeschroederart.com) forthcoming soon. I primarily exhibit my work at music festivals and private events, and am seeking quality gallery representation!
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- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/lukeschroederart/