Luke Baggott (1988) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied Fine Art at the University of Witwatersrand. In 2019 Luke graduated with an MFA from the prestigious New York Academy of Art where he was awarded multiple scholarships. Luke is the recipient of several awards and grants including an exceptional 3rd time award from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. He has exhibited in New York, Cape Town and Johannesburg. He currently works from a studio in Harlem, New York and cites the work of Edward Hopper, George Bellows and more currently Antonio Lopez Garcia and Cecily Brown as significant influences.
My paintings incorporate fractured amalgamations of disparate elements from multiple locations and perspectives. I try to play off the real with the imagined; realism with abstraction in an attempt to disrupt the familiar, thereby providing a backdrop for a new kind of engagement with New York through the eyes of a South African confronting competing impulses of connection and disconnect.