John Luckett was born in Humboldt, Tennessee, in 1951, and currently lives and works in Palm Springs, California. He focuses predominantly on painting, and has put together a body of work that also includes photography, installation, assemblage, and sculpture.
After finishing undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, Luckett completed course work at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, before moving to Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles to pursue a career in graphic design.
His process is primarily self-taught, and the textures and shapes that constitute his work often find form in intricate and abstract compositions, using bold color combinations to establish an energetic and complex landscape.
He often uses mark making to create work that showcases his interest in contemporary illustration, geometry, biology, and the desert ecosystem.
Depending upon the specific body of work, Luckett’s art has been described as formalist, abstract expressionist, neo-expressionist, primitive or minimalist.
In 1998, Luckett was invited to mount a solo show of his first collection of paintings at a San Francisco gallery that primarily features outsider artists. Since then, he has had several solo exhibitions, including “Shear” at BoxoHOUSE/BoxoPROJECTS, Joshua Tree CA (2016), “Stonewalled” at the Art Queen East gallery in Joshua Tree CA (2015), and “a handful of sky” with BoxoFFICE/BoxoPROJECTS, New York (2009).
His work has also been included in a number of group shows, including “BLW” at JJ Harrington Gallery, Palm Springs CA (2021), “Then” at the Bombay Beach Biennale, Salton Sea CA (2019), “Desert X: Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market” at the Palm Springs Art Museum (2017), “Abstract Visionaries” at Colin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs (2018), and the “Contemporary Loop Show”, Beacon Arts, Los Angeles (2011).
Luckett’s work is included in both public and private art collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
“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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
“BLW”, JJ Harrington Gallery, Palm Springs CA, 2021
“Creativity at its Source”, JJ Harrington Gallery, Palm Springs, 2020
“Then”, Bombay Beach Biennale, Bombay Beach, Salton Sea CA, 2019
“Boundless”, Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, 2019
“Closing/Opening”, Colin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs, 2019
“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, 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
MEDIA PLACEMENT | SET DECORATION
“Days of Our Lives”, NBC
“House of Lies”, HBO
“Body of Proof”, ABC
“Lie to Me”, Fox
“The Eastons”, CBS
“The Wizards of Waverly Street”, Disney
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Common Ground, Santa Monica CA