Luke Best was born in Richmond, England. He studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. He lives in London and has been represented by Heart since 2005.
Luke’s work is an empathetic study of human nature. The scenarios in his artworks become palpable by way of his direct drawing style. He has covered some obscure subjects ranging from the male menopause to the lack of tomatoes in Nigeria. His perceptive interpretation of briefs has been put to good use for a range of clients from a regular column in Geo Wissen magazine, to corporate social responsibility projects for Macquarie Bank of Australia, as well as murals for a children’s ward at The Royal London Hospital and campaigns for the MS Society. His work for the MS Society is one of many animations he has created with the Peepshow Collective, of which he is a founding member. In 2015 he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Motion Design for his work on the PBS television series ‘How We Got to Now’. Luke’s animation work with Peepshow demonstrates his ability to communicate effectively through both captured moments and sequential narrative.
Beyond his more figurative commercial work, Luke also experiments with abstract compositions, exploring line quality, shape, texture and colour. These experiments have been translated to a range of mediums including screenprinting, wood block printing and appliqué. Artists books, cushions, wallpaper and costumes have all been displayed in various forms as part of group and solo shows across the world.
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Aubin & Wills, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Beautiful South, British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Caritas, Condé Nast Traveller, Courrier International, Faber & Faber, GEO Wissen, Grant Thornton, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Health Foundation, House + Garden Magazine, Laurence King Publishing, Macmillan Cancer Support, Macquarie Bank of Australia, Manager Magazine, Mencap, MINI, Mosaic Science, MS Society, Museums Journal, PBS, The Telegraph, Telerama, The Times, Victoria & Albert Museum, World Today, World of Interiors.