Stepping into the parallel universes of Luke Brown’s world unleashes a sense of bewitchment, an exhilarating hypnosis stirred by kaleidoscopic symmetry, colour and spiritual beings.
The artist, recognised worldwide for his psychedelic visualisations, lives and breathes the world he so beautifully creates, unleashing mystical dreams in the form of his own spiritual journey. The imagery includes hyperspatial landscapes infiltrated with symbolic figures drawn from the kingdom of Shambhala from Tibetan and Indian Buddism. All-seeing eyes, and futuristic webs of symmetry feature heavily and thematically through much of Brown’s work. He has shared many an exhibition space with Alex Grey, H.R. Giger, Robert Venosa and Ernst Fuchs, who all share a fascination with the psychedelia in art and spirituality.
Far from limited to the boundaries of paper, these visuals come alive in a subtle fusion of mediums, including acrylic, watercolour, pencil and digital enhancement, bringing the surfaces of stone, plaster, paper and skin to life. His sketchbook exposes the way his mind works, providing an insight into how the intricately detailed final pieces blossom from a simple thought, before transitioning through creation and immobilisation to become fully developed visions that can be shared with others.
There are many facets to Brown. The term ‘artist’ doesn’t offer his approach to life any justice. An explorer of the material world in which we live would be a more fitting title. The artist is, at heart, a cartographer, intent on mapping out a world beyond humanity, reachable only through mind and soul.