Through his work Luke Silva looks at the objects which fill his world and aims to explore the life it had before coming into contact with him. Placing these objects within a fictional environment he finds himself creating a place he can escape into, somewhere often safe and under his control. As a student studying Fine Art Painting at Central St Martins, earlier this year he became fascinated with the act of concealment within a domestic setting: curtains are a perfect example of ways in which people shut out the outside world, forming a physical barrier between the dangers outside and the safety within.
The creation of safe environments is directly linked to the artist’s personal experiences. Each year throughout his early childhood Silva’s family escaped their council house in Kings Cross, London, choosing to spend summers in a small home in central Portugal. These idilic escapes came to an end in 2015 when the Coimbra fires ripped through central Portugal destroying many villages and homes, including his.
This devastating loss of a physical connection to memories is a strong source of reference for Silva. Following a visit to the ruins in 2019 he was struck by the intense destructive force which took this place from his family. Luke often incorporates a sense of this force into his paintings seeing their creation as the need for a safe place. Silva’s paintings therefore are the memories of these spaces, or the realisation of their destruction, therefore comparing and questioning these environments.
Currently, by working in both oils and watercolours, Luke aims to utilise the mediums beauty and softness in contrast to the chaos of the subject matter. He uses trigger ‘real-world’ objects within fictional environments to enable constant comparisons with the burnt shell of a once safe happy place and the mental and physical deterioration of a person close to him.
Luke is based in central London and has recently taken a studio in Margate to continue his practice whilst his London studio is closed due to COVID-19.
Fire Curtain h30cm x 40cm
£800 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org )