Born the 08/03/1990 in Dijon/France
Work and live between Paris and Dijon
+33 (0)6 71 33 83 03
studiolukejames@gmail.com

Luke James’ practice – encompassing mainly sculpture but also photography and painting – summons a physical relation to materials and space. His sculptures could be broken down as a series of sensitive and weighted gestures performed on raw materials. In his photographs, the camera angle captures the architectural and geometrical dimension of situations rather fortuitous or provoked by the encounter of dissonant elements, echoing the shapes elaborated in his sculptures.

His works could be understood as evidence or fragments of his dissection of relationships oscillating between power relations and curiosity: Man, animals, architecture, social classes are some of the components of the interactions the artist observes and questions daily. These thoughts are nurtured by an assiduous reading of American and European literature and philosophy that depict groundbreaking attitudes and thoughts, which offer a counterpoint to the prerogatives of the modern eastern society.

In his exhibitions, Luke James most likely presents sculpture and photography jointly, sometimes punctuated by painting. Each discipline acts as a reading clue for the others. For the artist, the exhibition space becomes a territory to be conquered, that he takes over by means of construction actions as well as deconstruction ones.


EDUCATION

2018
_ Research program, Center of Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu/JPN
2015
_ MA, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
2013
_ BA, ENSBA, Lyon/FR


PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2019
_ Sole per Sol, Sole per Sol, BOZAR Brussel Artist in residency, Sol Lewitt House, Praiano/IT
_ NUKE, Atelier Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR
_ L’ombre et son oiseau, Art-3 Valence/FR
2018
_ Deux continents, Parcours Saint Germain, Paris/FR
2017
_ Les hirondelles reviennent toujours..., Santenay/FR
_ Hooded Figures, Swatch Art, Shanghai/CH
_ La recherche du pain oublié, with Elvia Teotski, Contemporary Art Space Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau/FR
2015
_ A good rule for living in a small space, Homesession, Barcelone/ES


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
_ Bagarres, galerie HYPERBIEN, Montreuil/FR
_ ACME VISION, SB34thepool, Brussel/BE
_ ???, Trio with, Maxime Delhomme, Anthony Plasse, Studio Luke James, Paris/FR
_ Snow, Flowers and Fire, Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, Brussel/BE
2020
_ Summer in Love, group Show curated by Sam Samore & OV Project, Brussel/BE
_ How to Disappear, tant mal que pis, (annulée) group Show curated by Chloé Bonnie More, Paris/FR
2019
_ Artists in architecture, BOZAR, Brussel/BE
_ Le marbre et le sang, IAC collection, Brou/FR
_ Confiture & Courbature, duo with Katinka Bock, Studio Luke James, Bruxelles/BE
_ Art Contest, Brussel/BE
_ Artist Series VENICE ART PROJECTS invite L.E.M.O.W. Editions & Multiples, Venise/IT
_ Une main, Trois dès, Trio with Emile Rubino, Lucien Roux (studio Luke James), Bruxelles/BE
_ Clôture, Arondit, Paris/FR
2018
_ Quand le sage désigne la lune, Arondit, Paris/FR
_ Partout mais pas pour très longtemps, curated by INHA, ELAC-Perrache Lyon/FR
_ Everything is wrong, Everything flows, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu/JPN
2017
_ En forme de vertige, Emerige Prize, curated by Gaël Charbau
_ Ubique, les vacances immobiles, GlassBox, Paris/FR
2016
_ 61ème Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, curated by Amy Barack, Paris/FR
_ Vamos a matar, Campo de Gutierrez MDE15, Medellìn/COL
2015
_ Within one’s grasp, curated by Majà Ciric. “In a convivial mode”- BAR project, Barcelone/ES
_ Prix de Paris, Galerie d’essaie, Lyon/FR
_ How do we get this done and where do we find the material, Réfectoire des Nonnes, Lyon/FR
2014
_ La Planque, curated by Judicaël Lavrador, Le Mur, Lyon/FR
_ Liquor Store, curated by Pentti Monkonnen et Liz Kraft, Paradise Garage, LA/CA
2013
_ Porte ouverte, curated by Judicaël Lavrador, Réfectoire des Nonnes, Lyon/FR
_ Fontana, ae, Saint-Gengoux le National/FR
_ Au bout, le Sud ..., CAP Saint-Fons/FR 2012
_ Nuit des musée, Musée de la chasse et de la nature, Paris/FR


PRIZES & GRANTS

2020
_ AIC DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Compté/FR
2019
_ Nominated for the Art Contest, Vanderborght Building, Bruxelles/BE
2017
_ DRAC, Individual grant for artist, Rhône-Alpes/FR
_ Nominated for the Revelation Emerige, Paris/FR
2015
_ Nominated for the Prize of Paris, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
_ Nominated for the Prize Linossier, ENSBA, Lyon/FR
2014
_ Grant Adéra Rhône-Alpes, Lyon/FR


RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

2021
_ Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, Brussel/BE
2019
_ BOZAR Brussel Artist in residency, Sol Lewitt House, Praiano/IT
2018
_ Fellowships Research Program, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu/JPN
2017
_ Swatch Art, Shanghai/CH
_ Contemporary Art Space Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau/FR
2015
_ Homesession in collaboration with Art-3 Valence, Barcelone/ES


PUBLICATIONS

2021
_ Bagarres, co-édité par the Drawer et HYPERBIEN, Montreuil/FR
_ Exchange, Art-3 + Homesession, Valence/FR+Barcelone/ES
2020
_ The Drawer, revue de dessin, Volume 18, Jaune / Yellow, Editeur TheDrawer, Paris/FR
2019
_ HART 197 special Novembre 2019, Editeur Hart-Magazine, Brussel/BE
_ Improvisation rules, Homesession, Barcelone/ES
_ NUKE, Editeur Studio Luke James avec Art-3 Valence/FR, design graphique Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR
_ 5 years, Editeur Fondation Emerige, texte rédigé par Julie Ackermann, Paris/FR
_ Tumulte, Invitation for a project by Katinka Bock/Anticipations Lafayette, Paris/FR
2018
_ Everything is wrong, everything flows, Editeur CCA Kitakyushu/JPN, Graphic design by Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR
_ Partout mais pas pour très longtemps, Editor ENSBA Lyon/FR, Graphic design by Alex Badiu
2017
_ Qui sont les stars de demain ? Par Judicaël Lavrador, Éditor Beaux-arts magazine
_ Exhibition book, Révélation emerige, text by Marine Rellinger and Ingrind Luquet-Gad, Paris/FR
2016
_ Exhibition book, 61th Contemporary art Salon of Montrouge, Paris/FR
2015
_ Stand For Self-Reliance, Luke James, Editor Ensba Lyon, graphic design by Pierre-Pierre, Paris/FR

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & PROJECTS

2019
_ Tumulte, invitation by Katinka Bock/Anticipations Lafayette, Paris/FR
_ Conference, Elena Mazzy & Lena Seraphin & Luke James, M'Arte, Cultural Center, Praiano/IT
_ Workshop, Bourg-en-Bresse/FR
2017
_ Panorama : Enjeux et perspectives des arts visuels, Clermont-Ferrand/FR
_ Conference, médiathèque André Labarrère, Pau/FR
2016
_ Workshop and conference for the students of the Marie-José Burki studio under the collaboration of Charlotte Moth, ENSBA, Paris/FR
2015
_ Workshop and conference, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Barcelona/ES