Photographic Alphabet: L is for Lewk Wilmshurst
By Emily Davis
Lewk Wilmshurst displays humor and a keen commentary on how history and our modern technological society interact with each other in his digital collages.
Living and working in England, and graduated from Bath Spa University in Fine Art and recently achieved a Master of Arts in print from the Royal College of Art in London, Wilmshurst has a distinguished understanding of art history and the origins of art practices. Though he updates the understanding of the classics when he mixes them with modernity to create lurid colored compilations of sampled images from multiple mediums.
By using juxtaposing images recognizable to us, like classical oil paintings, animals, or clipart from the archives of our computers— Wilmshurst plays on the human knowledge of this world through access to the internet, without a first hand account. His perspective brings about a question, ‘how much do we actually know about our world?’
Reoccurring themes of the natural world, evolution, and technology strategically layered create a symphony of possible interpretations. By adding and updating the classical art he uses, he engages in his own conversation with the piece, pulling from his experiences using the internet, exposure to reoccurring digital images in our technology driven era, and his vast experience with the fine arts.