Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced
CHU) studied graphic design at California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned
a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie
Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and
was featured in the design annuals of Communication
Arts and Print
Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote,
designed, edited and published "E.X.P.", a 'zine dedicated
to the "Intelligent
Dance Music (IDM)" genre.
In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in
design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting
to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending
Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground
art show, Cannibal
Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then
Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene,
establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal
color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless
list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute
with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh's work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paitnings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.
Brand X (May,
Josh Spear Dot Com (August 15th,
Clutter Magazine (Fall,
Guu Media Dot Com (April,
Face Dot Com (February,
Simon (April 26th, 2004)
Book L.A. (April,
Valley Press (November
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
do you pronounce your last name?
Both my family and extended family (on my fathers side) pronounce our
last name chU / Chü / "Chew"
Though I pronounce my name "Chu", it's actually pronunciation is different.
This is a link to an audio file of it's actual pronunciation
And this is the chinese character of my last name is:
I want to buy a painting from you...
The best way to go about buying a painting is through the galleries that show my work.
I'm interested in buying this specific painting featured on your website...
Unless noted, chances are the painting has been sold. You can tell whether the painting is available or not if work has been labeled "SOLD
" If not, I usually include a link to the gallery that is currently handling the painting.
you do commissions?
I rarely do commissions. It basically depends on how busy I am and whether I consider you a VIP or not.
Did you know people can still download your images?
Yes. I only inserted that rather weak piece of code to discourage people from profiting off my images without my persmission (though it really doesn't seam to be working thanks to websites like Springleap and Zazzle.)
Regardless, I really never wanted to put a lock on my images, or insert a distrating "watermark".
The web made my career by helping me obtain an amazing amount of exposure through the support and enthusiasm of my fans. And they made that possible by using my images in their blogs or avatars and what not. The way I look at it, truly locking my images down is equivalent to shooting myself in the foot. Sucks how a couple bad apples truly ruin the bunch.
you have prints for sale?
I DO NOT PERSONALLY SELL PRINTS. But there are usually prints available from the various galleries/boutiques I'm working with. Please check the PRODUCTS section
of my website for information. To learn about new prints, products and shows, you can also subscribe to my mailing list.
we turn your paintings into t-shirts?
No, my paintings were never intended to
be reproduced as t-shirts. I truly feel that doing so would kill the integrity
of the piece. However, that's not to say that I wouldn't be interested
in creating designs to be reproduced as t-shirts.
you mind if I use your images as an "Avatar" in my Web-Journal
Though I've added a "lock" on my images, it's simply there to dissuade people from bootlegging my paintings for financial gain. Otherwise, I have no problem with people using my images for personal applications. I just ask that if possible, please give credit
where credit's due. My name coupled with a link to my site is always appreciated.
I also really appreciate it when people take the time to ask. However,
I don't always have time to reply, so go ahead and use what you want after
If you see any unauthorized usage of my paintings such as bootleg products being sold on ebay, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also don't want to see my images being used in posters that advertise
bands or functions I am neither familiar with or agree with. If you want
to use my images to promote your band or function, I insist that you contact
me. My paintings are very personal, and I'm always happy when other people
relate to the work. However, when my work is taken outside of
its original context, then I'd like to make sure they're being used in
a way I agree with.
Did you create the artwork for Fall Out Boy's "Folie à Deux"?
Yes I created the artwork for "Folie à Deux". Pete Wentz and the band contacted me with the offer to create the artwork for"Folie à Deux". They were great to work with, having given me full creative control over both the artwork and the final design of the the cover.
Wentz is the current owner of the original painting.
you ever plan on showing in my city/state/country anytime soon?
I currently show mostly around my home, Los Angeles / Southern
California. However, I do have working relationships with galleries in
Detroit, Seattle, San Jose, Montreal Canada, Miami, and New York. I'd
really like to show my paintings in whatever city/state/country you live
in, but to be honest, I've got my hands full trying to keep up with all
the shows I've got lined up here in LA. But if you're aware of a credible gallery or festival that is interested
in my work and truly worth the time, I'd be happy to find a way to get
my work out there.