Why I left my art gallery

ArtsHub speaks with artists Luke Cornish (aka ELK) and Zoe Young on why they stepped away from gallery representation, and how it's working for them.

Everyone wants gallery representation, right? Well no.

Luke Cornish’s (aka E.L.K) career welled out of his genesis as a street artist – self-taught and stencil-savvy. His was a kind of birth-by-fire into the commercial gallery world, when a portrait he had done was selected for the celebrated Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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