John Luckett was born in Humboldt, Tennessee, in 1951. He works predominantly in the medium of painting, but has amassed a body of work that includes photography, assemblage and installation. After completing undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, Luckett attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, before moving to Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles to pursue a career in art direction & design.


In 1997, Luckett began painting and was invited in 1999 to mount a solo showing of his first body of work at Friday the Thirteenth, a San Francisco gallery that primarily features outsider artists. Since then, he has had a number of solo and group exhibitions, and his work continues to exhibit a broad range of subject matter, using a variety of media.


His primitive and primarily self-taught exploration of texture, shape and composition often finds form in intricate puzzles, using both harmonious and opposing color combinations to establish an energetic and complex landscape.


In his abstract, expressionist and primitive work, which represents the core of his practice, Luckett’s bold use of color and organic shapes combines to create kinetic compositions that underscore his interest in geometry, biology and the natural world.

His work is included in both public and private art collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.


His graphic design work is included in the permanent library of the Smithsonian Institution.


Luckett currently lives and works in Palm Springs, California.



“Shear”, BoxoHOUSE, Joshua Tree CA, 2016

“handful of sky”, BoxoFFICE, New York, 2009

“African Melody”, True World Gallery, Joshua Tree, 2009

“Neoprene Pudding”, Water Canyon, Pioneertown CA, 2009

Trader Jeff’s, Twentynine Palms CA, 2007

Beeton & Schelkens Atelier, Los Angeles, 2004

Friday the Thirteenth Gallery, San Francisco, 1999




“Defining Detritus”, Arena One Gallery, Los Angeles, 2018


“Rough and Tumble”, Tumbleweed Art Company, Joshua Tree CA, 2018


“Inner Resonance”, Colin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs CA, 2018


“The Depth of Perception”, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, 2018


“Desert X: Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, 2017


“Abstract Visionaries”, Colin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs, 2017


Palm Springs Art Fair, BoxoPROJECTS, Palm Springs, 2016-2017


“Active Resistance”, Art Queen Annex, Joshua Tree, 2016

“Classic Modernism”, Colin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs, 2016

“Stonewalled”, Art Queen East Gallery, Joshua Tree 2015

”Out There”, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, 2013

“The Small Loop Show”, FOCA, Los Angeles, 2012

“The Loop Show”, Beacon Arts, Los Angeles, 2011

“perhaps we meet”, BoxoFFICE, New York, 2011

“A Radical State of Independence”, BoxoFFICE, New York, 2009

“The Box Show”, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes CA, 2009

“Strange Ranger”, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, 2008

“Noah Purifoy: A Tribute”, Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms CA, 2008

Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Annual Tours, 2005-6

Lacy Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004-5

Black Cat Gallery, Culver City CA, 2003-4

Articulture, Manhattan Beach CA, 2001-2




Apple iPad

“House of Lies”, HBO

“Body of Proof”, ABC

“Lie to Me”, Fox

“Heroes”, NBC

“The Eastons”, CBS

“The Wizards of Waverly Street”, Disney




Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Common Ground, Santa Monica CA