Photo by Phillip McInturff 2012
Luke makes sculpture using the forms of forgotten and discarded items. He was born in 1982 in Bozeman Montana. His grandfather may have hoped to make an engineer out of Luke by bringing him old lawnmower engines to take apart and rebuild; instead, it was Luke’s artistic imagination that was sparked by the functional beauty of those machines. In 2006 he received a BFA in sculpture and a minor in media arts from The University of Montana. In 2007 he moved to Oakland, having accepted a position at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley. Luke worked at Artworks as a metal chaser and also on the metal pour crew till 2015. At Artworks he met the late Steven De Staebler and worked closely with him as an assistant in the creation of the bronze sculpture for which De Staebler is internationally famous. Alongside De Staebler, Heimbigner numbers Richard Serra and Martin Puryear among the sculptors whose work he admires. Currently Luke is working as a freelance artist and metal worker in Oakland.