LA Exhibitions. Luke Chueh. Intensive Purposes. Corey Helford Gallery

Luke Chueh. "Let Fly" (acrylic on canvas_24” x 36”)

ON VIEW. February 27 – APRIL 3, 2021. COREY HELFORD GALLERY. 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033. Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm – 6pm. Visiting Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12pm – 6pm

On Saturday, February 27th downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will proudly premiere their next major solo show, entitled Intensive Purposes, from established Los Angeles art scene painter and illustrator Luke Chueh. Being hosted in Gallery 2 through April 3rd, the show’s opening will be celebrated with a livestreaming event (2/27) on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery). More details to be announced.

Luke Chueh. "Picking Up the Pieces" (acrylic on canvas_48" x 36")
Luke Chueh. “Picking Up the Pieces” (acrylic on canvas_48″ x 36″)

Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. In their 2017 artist profile, Juxtapoz says, “With a carnal instinct…Luke Chueh creates work that stimulates our most primal constructs. His paintings favor compositions that are simple and direct, and usually feature a solitary anthropomorphic figure stuck in a self-reflective stupor within a frozen monochromatic void. A first look at one of his images evokes the warm and fuzzy, the stuffed teddy bear you cuddled as a child. But then a glimmer of despair emanates from the inertia, revealing something troubling within the tableau. Chueh’s work over the past decade has become widely popular and extensively imitated. His distinct style sets his work apart from the output by others of similar ilk. The prolific artist boasts a singular brand…”

Regarding his new show Intensive Purposes, Chueh shares: “The show’s title was inspired by the often misquoting of the phrase, ‘Intents and purposes.’ But the misconstrued idiom suits my work perfectly. This collection was inspired by ideas conceived throughout 2020. Paintings like ‘Let Fly,’ a masochistic take on escapism, to ‘Agoraphobia’ were inspired by the pandemic.”

“The End of Luke Chueh - This is (not) for Weebs”
“The End of Luke Chueh – This is (not) for Weebs”

He adds, “While ‘One Trick Pony,’ ‘Picking Up the Pieces,’ and ‘Over Extended’ are undeniably introspective paintings, ‘??? (Xiao Xiong Bao)’ is a twisted take on one of my favorite foods ? Chinese soup dumplings (Xi?o lóng b?o) ? and ‘The End of Luke Chueh’ pays homage to the poster art for the film, The End of Evangelion (Japanese: ?????????????? Air??/????????). I’m also not above the shallowest of pop culture trends, the show’s diptych, titled ‘Pop,’ is based on one of my favorite internet memes, ‘Pop Cat.’ Looking at the show as a whole, what I’ve realized is that I don’t like being pinned down by a style or a narrative. And though there isn’t an overarching theme, I hope you’ll agree that my paintings speak with intensive purpose.”

Intensive Purposes opens Saturday, February 27th in Gallery 2, alongside CHG’s seven-artist show in the Main Gallery featuring new works from Andy Adamson, Helice Wen, kozyndan, Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, Yang Cao, and Zoé Byland. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Please note: The gallery has resumed partial visiting hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6pm). In accordance with LA County Public Health restrictions, maximum occupancy is restricted to 12 people at a time, mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. In accordance with CDC guidelines, guest temperatures will be checked using an infrared scanner upon entry.

Luke Chueh. "Bisected (Skull)" (acrylic on panel_14" x 11")
Luke Chueh. “Bisected (Skull)” (acrylic on panel_14″ x 11″)

About Luke Chueh:

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Fresno, CA, Chinese painter/illustrator Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, earning a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). Chueh would go onto become the in-house designer/illustrator for the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, Ernie Ball, where he created several award-winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. In addition, during this period, Chueh founded, created, and produced a zine, titled E.X.P, dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design; however, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting (only a hobby at that point, he picked up in college) as a way to keep busy. Eventually, Los Angeles’ underground arts organization Cannibal Flower begin inviting Chueh to show at their monthly events, launching his career as a studio artist. Since then, Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the Los Angeles art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world and profiled by the likes of JuxtapozClutterEntertainment Weekly, and LA Weekly; in addition to some of his paintings being reinterpreted into vinyl toys. In 2008, GRAMMY®-nominated rock band Fall Out Boy commissioned Chueh to design the artwork for their fourth studio album Folie à Deux. The band’s bassist, Pete Wentz, owns the original painting.

Luke Chueh. "Doe-Eyed" (acrylic on panel_20” x 30”)
Luke Chueh. “Doe-Eyed” (acrylic on panel_20” x 30”)

Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The ConnersAnger ManagementThe Drew Carey ShowGeorge Lopez) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art. CHG is located in Downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building presenting new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit

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