Luke Hillestad

Self Portrait in ParisSwamp MommaSevered Wing


He was born in 1982 in Minneapolis.  He began pursuing a life in the classical figurative tradition in 2006. He then apprenticed the world-renowned painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway and Paris between 2008 and 2013. His palette comes from the Ancient Greek Apelles – a painter known for his grace. Luke also espouses to the ideals of mimesis laid out in Aristotle’s Poetics. He paints friends and a collection of taxidermied animals, illustrating the primal beauty of humans at their most noble with narratives that center on themes of death, birth, ritual and wilderness. His work has also been exhibited in Florida Chicago, Norway, Germany, Paris, and Scope Festival in Miami.