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Luke Mack: An Emerging Artist SEEN in Detroit

May 29, 2018

Luke Mack is an automotive designer by day and oil painter by night. He tells SEEN about his artwork and where he finds inspiration.

By Stephanie Steinberg

Photography by Justin Milhouse

Name: Luke Mack

Age: 26

City: Detroit

Hometown: Rochester Hills

1. How would you describe yourself in a sentence?

An awkward guy trying to make paintings that aren’t.

2. What age did you start doing art?

Maybe 2 years old? I don’t think it really counted at that age, but ever since I can remember.

3. What medium do you typically work with?

Oil paint.

4. How would you describe your artwork?

Currently, realistic figurative portraiture mixed with a somewhat dark and contemporary abstract vibe.

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5. Where do you find inspiration?

Music, philosophers like Alan Watts, nature, and of course, other visual artists and experiences. Plus, the desire to not make a bad painting is also a big inspiration.

6. What’s it like being an artist in Detroit?

It’s fun. There’s a real emphasis on artists coming together, the work itself and also the value it can have on the community. I think once people start to want to buy more artwork locally it will be even better.

7. What’s one of your favorite pieces you’ve made?

One off my favorite pieces I’ve made is the one I’m almost finished with; it is a 6-foot-tall photo/real painting of a face with gold leaf on it, mixed with abstract color shapes.

8. Who’s one of your favorite Detroit artists?

Pat Perry.

9. Who’s one of your favorite artists in general?

Too many, but a few are Erik Jones, Jean-Pierre Roy, James Bullough, Ian Francis, Evan Hecox, Caleb Hahne, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder and Conor Harrington.

10. Where can we find your work?

lukejmack.com or Instagram at @lukemack9

11. Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’m working on planning several in the Metro Detroit area with a friend right now, and one in Denver in July.

Read about more emerging artists in SEEN’s Art Issue.

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