An award-winning comic artist famous for his humorous and political posters is exhibiting at the University of Cumbria’s Vallum Gallery this week.
Luke McGarry, best-known for internet meme sensation, Sad Chewie, and cartoons for American humour magazine, Mad, is exhibiting 31 at 31, a retrospective of his work from the last decade as he turns 31 years old on 11 October.
The exhibition at the Vallum Gallery is part of the ongoing collaboration with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and has been curated by Luke and brings together some of his most distinctive poster work to date, including designs for California based music festivals and events alongside other commissioned work.
“It is fantastic to have an artist of Luke’s stature in Carlisle“ said Nick Dodds, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture at the University of Cumbria.
He continued: “Luke is one of the most exciting and dynamic young cartoonists working in America today. He has a distinct style, which is instantly accessible, humorous and culturally savvy.
“His work has a cult following on the internet, notably the Sad Chewie character, which playfully subverts the sci-fi fantasy world of Star Wars. Luke has been working professionally as an illustrator since the tender age of 16, and has assembled an impressive roster of clients ranging from the actor/musician Jack Black to the Sports Illustrated for Kids, so is a real inspiration to our students.”
As well as exhibiting his work, Luke is holding a talk and practical workshop with BA Graphic Design and BA Illustration students on Thursday 11 where he will take the students through his working process and career to date.
Luke McGarry, originally from Manchester, is now based in Los Angeles. His cartoons have featured in a range of publications including Playboy and Le Parisien, and he has created animations and music videos for Universal Music Group and Epitaph Records. He is half of the design outfit Fantastic Heat Brothers, and sings and plays bass with his twin brother in Indie band Pop Noir.
His exhibition runs 12 Oct - 2 Nov 2018 at the Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road. The gallery is open to the public weekdays from 10am to 5pm.