Luke Fowler

(born 1978)
Luke Fowler Pilgrimage from Scattered Points 2006 © THE ARTIST

Biography

A prominent figure in Glasgow’s contemporary art scene, Luke Fowler’s work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary film-making. This has resulted in comparisons with British Free Cinema of the 1950s, which represented a new attitude to film-making that embraced the reality of everyday, contemporary British society. In adopting the roles of artist, curator, historian, film-maker and musician, Fowler creates impressionistic portraits of intriguing figures. As montages of archival footage alongside new recordings, interviews, photography and sound, Fowler’s films offer a unique and compelling insight into his subject. Fowler was born in Glasgow and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, from 1996-2000. He received the inaugural Jarman Award in 2008 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include: Common Sense, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2013); The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2012); and Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2012).