Luke Elwes (b.1961) currently lives and works in London. His early years were spent in Iran, where the light and space of the desert were a formative influence. He studied at Bristol University 1980-83 and Camberwell School of Art (UAL) 1983-85, and completed his Masters in Art History & Theory at Birkbeck, London University in 2007.
Following a spell working at Christie's he began to travel and write, and after meeting Bruce Chatwin in 1987 he went to the central Australian desert to explore the landscape and its use in indigenous storytelling and artforms. Since then he has continued to travel extensively, discovering and revisiting remote locations in India, Asia and North Africa. In 1998 he was artist in residence on an expedition to Mount Kailash, a holy mountain in western Tibet. Since 2000 he has worked for extensive periods on an island off the East Coast of the UK. In 2013 he was awarded a grant to study at the Vermont Studio Center and in 2015 he was resident artist at the Albers Foundation (USA).