LUKE IVY PRICE
(b. 1990, Jamesville, NC)
Luke Ivy Price is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Price’s practice is rooted in narratives that display his passion for history and craftsmanship. Though he draws inspiration from historical figures and oft-told stories, Price’s gestural abstractions of the human form place primary importance on the inspection of emotions and interpersonal relationships. Recent bodies of work have employed the Greek mythological figure Cassandra and Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play Salome as rhetorical devices in Price’s exploration of gender, intimacy, and his own sexual history. As he explores these themes, Price remains a fervent follower of the modernist tradition rather than any exclusive medium. Price believes technique and respect for materials is essential, however, his comfort and training in a multitude of crafts––from fine art to construction––has generated resourceful and ingenuitive combinations. For example, a series of sleek, expressive artworks from his Salome exhibition was expertly crafted entirely from common homebuilding materials.
Price's work has been exhibited nationally in New York, Miami and his home state of North Carolina where he left his day job at a cotton mill and board seat on the local arts council to pursue his career in New York. His collaboration with the One Love Foundation raised significant funds to combat intimate partner violence, and his recent solo show Salome was celebrated by The Art Newspaper’s Gabriella Angeleti as a must-see exhibition in New York City. Luke Ivy Price currently shows with Ki Smith Gallery and has works in several prominent private collections.