Luke Waldrum

I was born in Basildon, England in July 1979. I've lived my entire life in New Jersey since I was 5 months old when I came to the states.  I attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in graphic design, and after 3 years climbing scaffolding in NYC, I landed a job at an ad agency in 2005 where I remain today. As a graffiti writer during the mid to late 90s, I spent countless weekends painting walls and train lines with a subset of friends for more than 10+ years.

My work is influenced by both my background as a graffiti writer and my appreciation of design, informed by my career in advertising. Iā€™m also heavily influenced by the NYC artists of the 50s and 60s: Rothko, Franz Kline, De Kooning, Jasper Johns, and works by Warhol, Basquiat, and Keith Haring in later decades.

I married my best friend, Lauren in October 2012. In November 2016, we welcomed our amazing son, Wes, into this crazy world. He is and will always be my best work to date.

In June of 2018 we opened Gallery L, an Art Gallery and Creative Space in downtown Montclair, NJ, where I continue to learn, grow and connect with a community of like-minded artists.

I'm a loving father, husband, friend, brother, and son.

To keep up with my most recent work in my studio and my life, you can find me on Instagram, @circa779