Luke Fowler

Born 1978, Glasgow; lives and works in Glasgow.

Luke Fowler’s two decades of work comprise, I think, the most significant body of cinematic portraiture produced to date. He has fashioned a canon of eccentric, obscure, or under-recognized artists and thinkers out of the sediment of their lives, the documents of their archives, the places they passed through. Biography is absent; anecdote, even, is minimal. If classical portraiture attempts to pluck its subject from the world and refashion them as a symbol of it. Fowler works by the inverse, beginning with the world at large and searching out the tiniest traces that might speak to a single, specific path through it. (Phil Coldiron)