Luke Chueh

About Luke Chueh: 

Born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in Fresno, CA, Chinese painter 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 on to 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 music 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, which 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 Juxtapoz, Clutter, Entertainment 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.