Luke Waldrum was born in Basildon, England, but has lived in NJ nearly his entire life. He attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and after 3 years climbing scaffolding in NYC, he landed a job at an ad agency in 2005 where he remains today. As a graffiti artist during the mid to late 90s, he spent countless weekends painting walls and train lines with a subset of friends for more than 10+ years.
Luke has always been highly influenced by the NYC artists of the 50s and 60s: Rothko, Franz Kline, De Kooning, Jasper Johns, and works by Warhol, Basquiat, and Keith Haring in later decades. But his work is more easily identified by his background as a graffiti writer and his appreciation for design, informed by his career in advertising. Creating usually large scale portraits blended with abstraction and strong design composition. Most recently, Luke has began exploring more screen printing techniques within his work.