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, LA, Miami, and Philadelphia. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
I create architecturally inspired sculptures and prints. Screen printed drawings are used to assemble two and three-dimensional works focused on undiscovered places beneath cities and landscapes. Early interests in Nintendo games, maps, and science fiction movies contribute to the playful nature of my art. I like to describe my process as creating a lego set using my own hand drawn pieces. I use those pieces to create elaborate sculptures of cities, labyrinths and fantastical objects. Exploration and adventure are central to everything I make with each drawing and sculpture contributing to an ongoing catalogue of a strange invented world.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), MFA, Printmaking, 2009.
Art Institute of Boston (AIB), BFA, Fine Arts, 2006.
2018 "Psycho Salon" Superchief Gallery, New York, NY.
2018 "Le Bord" Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
2018 "Suggestivism" Spoke Art Gallery, New York, NY.
2018 "Viewfinder" (Solo Exhibition) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
2017 "Scope Art Show" with Paradigm Gallery, Miami, FL.
2017 "Rise and Shine" (Solo Exhibition) Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
2016 "Nexus" Curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA.
2016 "Vitality and Verve: In the Third Dimension" Curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.
2016 "Clusters: A Group Show of Groupings" Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY.
2016 “Scope Art Show” with Paradigm Gallery, Miami, Fl.
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
Hi Fructose "Luke O'Sullivan's New Explorations of 'Undiscovered' Worlds" Andy Smith, September 25, 2017.
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.