New Work: “Danu” - Part of the series “LORE” opening at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles, November 10th.

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Luke Hillestad/Copro/Lore




A Fool's Journey: Exhibition @ Paul Booth Gallery in NY:


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AEON | @ Douglas Flanders and Associates | 2016


Interview with the Odd Nerdrum


Odd Nerdrum and School | MEAM Barcelona | 2015


Undeniable | Dax Gallery |Costa Mesa, CA | 2015


 JUXTAPOZ  20th Year Anniversary Exhibition | Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery | 2015


ANIMA | Rymer Gallery | 2015


Pupils of Apelles | Copro Gallery | 2014

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For 2000 years Apelles of Cos was known as the greatest of painters. Praised for his grace and sensuality - he was not only Alexander the Great’s exclusive portrait painter, but was the single greatest influence on what we know as the Renaissance and Baroque. 

Albrecht Durer was known as the “German Apelles”.  Botticelli bragged he was Apelles reincarnated and repeated his compositions.  Rembrandt, late in life, adopted the four color “Apelles palette” striving for his graceful harmony.  And Titian unabashedly recreated Apelles’ “Armor-bearer” which now hangs at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  The Old Masters were proud to be “behind the times”, unoriginal, and earnest pupils of Apelles.

Hillestad, Knodell, and Molesky have each apprenticed with the living master Odd Nerdrum - a man who, for fifty years, has boldly painted pathos.  Together these four painters have sought out the lessons of Apelles - the tradition of the Old Masters.  A tradition not isolated to the 16th century, but one that for more than 2400 years continues to return.

Copro Gallery is proud to present Odd Nerdrum, Luke Hillestad, Caleb Knodell, and David Molesky - the living Pupils of Apelles.

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