Luke Buffenmyer

Luke was born in Chicago Illinois and currently lives and works in Worcester Massachusetts. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from The School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University. His collaborative work made with Megan McNaught was represented by NK Gallery in Boston MA until its closing in 2013. Luke works in painting, drawing, and photography and at time combines various media. He is the Director of Art Programs and Gallery Director at Anna Maria College in Paxton Massachusetts.

Artist Statement

 Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories. - Walter Benjamin

I am driven to make things. My images are a collection of memories, emotion, desire, illusion, and fact.

As an artist, I work in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, wood and digital imaging. I work concurrently on multiple projects often combining various media. The images are often allegorical in nature and combine elements of figurative representation and intuitive mark making, reflecting aspects of my life, society the history of art.

I am motivated as an artist by a deep-rooted and constant need to make things.  The work is an expression for my energy and passion concerning life and art. I attempt to make substance of my feelings, to create objects that build meaning both intellectually and expressively. The work usually involves layers of information, communicating ideas that often require an investment of time and thought to understand. While often the need to create or make things is dominant I feel the need to have substance in the imagery. Social commentary works hand in hand with creative expression. Content, evolution, exploration and discovery fuel my need to create.