contemporary realism by Luke Hillestad
Luke Hillestad, "Pages of Vervain (Verbena hastata)," oil on linen, 26 x 32 in.

Contemporary Realism Art on View:
Herb Lore: New Works by Luke Hillestad
Copro Gallery, Santa Monica
Through December 3, 2022

Herb Lore: Painted tales of ritual healing flowers, mushrooms, and vision-bending poisons.

contemporary realism by Luke Hillestad
Luke Hillestad, “Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna),” oil on linen, 22 x 28 in.

From the organizers:

Story is the ark of memory, and through illustrated lore, we recall the ways in which our ancestors used these common herbs and weeds; from healing rituals to magical rites, for spiritual protection and vision quests. Together with his herbalist wife, surrounded by the prairies where these herbs grow, Luke Hillestad took oil to hemp and flax to craft this series over long pandemic months.

Luke Hillestad, "Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)," oil in linen, 51 x 34 in.
Luke Hillestad, “Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca),” oil in linen, 51 x 34 in.

Luke Hillestad paints mythological dreamscapes interweaving poetic darkness and glow, from his home studio in rural Minnesota. His works have been featured in the collections of galleries, patrons, and museums worldwide, including France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, and in the US in New York and Los Angeles.

Luke studied classical guitar and painting at University, and apprenticed master painter Odd Nerdrum at his studios for nine months in Norway and Paris. He worked as a land surveyor, before making painting his full-time career in 2006.

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