Luke O’Sullivan was born in 1984 in Boston, MA. He received his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 2006. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
My work is about the intersection of built environments and subterranean systems. Through the application of screen-printed drawings on wood, metal, and other flat surfaces I create architecturally based sculptures. Often inspired by dystopian and science fiction films, I combine recognizable architectural forms and impossible buildings to make diorama-esque works.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), MFA, Printmaking, 2009.
Art Institute of Boston (AIB), BFA, Fine Arts, 2006.
2016 “Growth/Decay” Paradigm Gallery and Antler Gallery, Philadelphia PA. / Portland, OR.
2016 “POW! WOW! Exploring the New Contemporary Movement” with Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI.
2016 “L.A. Art Show” with Paradigm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2015 “Scope Art Show” with Paradigm Gallery, Miami, Fl.
2015 "Cool Shelter" (solo exhibition) Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2015 "Quarter Sheet Challenge" Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA.
2013 "Centennial Alumni Exhibition" AIB, Boston, MA.
2012 ”100 Prints Celebrating 100 Years ", Mass. State Trans. Building, Boston, MA.
2011 ”Works on Paper", Dan Graham, Los Angeles, CA.
2011 ”Strange World", Hourglass Gallery, Cambridge MA.
2010 ”Drawing Show", Tompkins Projects, Brooklyn, NY.
2010 ”Luke O'Sullivan: 3-D Works (Solo Exhibition)", Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA.
2009 ”Selected Works" American Locomotive Company-Providence, RI.
2009 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition-Convention Center, Providence, RI.
2009 RISD Graduate Printmaking Biennial-Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI.
2009 "Everything is Fine/ The Market is Fine", Providence, RI.
2008 ”Fear-Less"-Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI.
2008 ”A Varied Terrain"- Gelman Gallery, Providence RI.
Residencies and Awards
Wassaic Project Artist in Residence, September, 2014
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 2011
John Chirona Scholarship, RISD, 2007-2009
Graduate Fellowship, RISD, 2007-2009
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Print Collection
Fidelity Investments, Smithfield RI, Corporate Collection
Boston Public Library, Print Collection
Art Institute of Boston, Print Collection
Stock Restaurant LLC Collection
Philly Voice “Philly-based Artist Sculpts Impossible Worlds Out of Wood” Aubrey Nagle, Jul 28, 2015.
Beautiful Bizarre “The Impossible City Sculptures of Luke O’Sullivan” Dylan Bryant, Oct. 23, 2015.
Hi Fructose, “Interview: Sculptor Luke O”Sullivan Discusses His New Series ‘Cool Shelter"' Nathan Spoor, Jul. 2015.
Boston.com, “Art in 3-D”, Milva Didomizio, July 15, 2010
My Modern Met, “3-D Cartoon Sculptures”, Online feature/Interview. Alice Yoo, March 23, 2011
Boston Globe, "Form, movement, and fun", Cate McQuaid, August 11, 2010.
Hi Fructose, “An interview With Luke O’Sullivan”, Nathan Spoor, June 6, 2010.
Beautiful/Decay, Online feature. April 2, 2010.
Lost at E Minor, Online feature, Gerry Mak, April 6, 2010.
Providence Journal, “RISD Graduate Show Embraces New Austerity", Bill Van Siclen, May 21, 2009.