Luke Chueh and Dante's Nferno Essay

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Charlotte Simon Painting I Research Project: Luke Chueh Research Project: Luke Chueh Featuring Dante’s Inferno Luke Chueh began to rise in the Los Angeles art scene over 10 years ago and over the years he’s had multiple sold out shows, designed his own vinyl toy collection, created album art for Fall Out Boy and has seen his fandom rise with the popularity of Chueh tattoos. Although he hesitates to admit, his work is considered to be a gloomy version of lowbrow pop surrealism. Through his use of animal narratives, he portrays tragic situations in an almost comical way. Although Chueh (pronounced CHEW) has a very distinct Chinese background, he was born in Philadelphia and raised in Fresno, California. He studied graphic design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned his BS in Art & Design. He was then employed by the Ernie Ball Company as an illustrator and designer. Chueh soon decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue his career in design. However, lack of job opportunities led him to fill his free time with painting (a long time hobby of his). He got his start in an underground art show called Cannibal Flower. After seeing his work, they invited him to show at their monthly events. Los Angeles inspired him to create his nearly 150 paintings. In an interview back in 2007 with Clutter Magazine, Chueh said, “LA seems to be the home of the "Low Brow" art scene, and the amount of talent coming in and out of here is awe inspiring. If it wasn't for the LA based Cannibal Flower art shows, I don't think I would be doing what I'm doing.” He has now made his mark on the LA art scene as an artist with a very unique style, who’s not to be ignored. Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. In 2009 Luke Chueh created an exhibition known as The Inferno, based on the 9 levels of

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