Luke Sciberras

L u k e   S c i b e r r a s

Steep Head Study

As I travel year after year out to and into the landscape, I have begun to realise that my painterly approach to any sense of place is becoming more and more complex, more and more about the previous occupants and incarnations of a landscape. Wherever I find myself, I see there are layers of history patinaed into every surface and a resonance in that history. 

It has taken me this long to figure out that painting the landscape isn’t just about applying techniques and devices to render an observed ‘scene’. It is and must be a reflection of the Human Condition.

Luke Sciberras studied fine arts at the National Art School, Sydney, before working as a regular studio assistant to Aida Tomescu, John Peart, Ann Thomson, Guy Warren, Martin Sharp, Garry Shead, Suzanne Archer, Elizabeth Cummings and Greg Weight.

Since 1999, he has held 30 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in commercial and regional galleries throughout Australia. Most recently, in 2018-19, his work was featured in the travelling exhibition, Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front, which toured to New England Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Bank Art Museum, Moree, Tweed Regional Gallery and the Anzac Memorial Gallery, Hyde Park, Sydney.

A peripatetic, plein air painter, Sciberras has documented in his imagery his travels over the past twenty years to Australia’s central desert, the New South Wales outback, the Mornington Peninsula, the Kimberley Coast, Gallipoli, China, France, Belgium and Italy.

His awards include The Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane (2015); the Outback Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW (2015) and the Mt Buller Art Prize (2007). He has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2015, 2016); the Kings School Art Prize, Parramatta (2000) and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Surry Hills, Sydney (2000).

His work is represented in public, corporate and private collections throughout Australia and internationally, including Parliament House, Canberra; Broken Hill Regional Gallery; Port Macquarie Regional Gallery; Orange Regional Gallery; Bathurst Regional Gallery; Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery; Macquarie Bank, Sydney, and the Balnaves Foundation.

Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2016, Luke Sciberras lives and works in Hill End, an historic former gold mining town in rural New South Wales.

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