PureGrand is the guise used by photographer, artist and musician Luke Faulkner (born March 1996 in Dublin)
PureGrand started life in 2012 as simply photographic work but has since expanded into a multi media experience using various mediums to explore themes of sexuality, masculinity, pop culture and youth culture
Luke studied the degree course in Photography at IADT, Dun Laoghaire and graduated with first class honours in 2018.
PureGrand’s style is informed by late 20th century media and technology and is influenced by western popular culture. These factors are merged with current trends, topics and ideas to create a unique blend of old and new.
In 2016 PureGrand expanded into a music act using the template of dance and pop genres, PureGrand merges heavy usage of melody and hooks to construct songs about the 21st century queer male experience while embracing and deconstructing the idea of the pop package.
Luke uses analogue and current photographic and video technologies such as film, VHS and digital to create his visual work.
He has participated in group exhibitions and collaborated with filmmakers, musicians and other artists.
Faulkner's graduate work "Im Addicted To You Don't You Know That You're Toxic" was awarded two accolades at his graduate show and won the 2018 Inspirational Arts Photography Award, his 2018 EP Swallow Your Doubt was released to positive reviews by publications by publications such as Hot Press and GCN, which included the song Pink, the self shot video for which is set to be screened at The East Village Queer Film Festival in New York this August.
Luke has spent most of 2019 working in collaboration on visuals for queer pop artist Jack Rua as well as developing a live set that has performed in venues such as The Workmans, Sin E, and at some Ireland’s best home grown queer nights like Glitterhole and Avoca’s Queer Cabaret.
He is currently preparing for the release of Painkiller, a brand new EP due out this August while continuing to develop his visual portfolio and live set.
FIRST PLACE, INSPIRATIONAL ARTS AWARD - "Im Addicted To You Don't You Know That You're Toxic" - Graduate Film
RDS VISUAL ARTS AWARD LONGLISTED - "Im Addicted To You Don't You Know That You're Toxic" - Graduate Film
BEST DOCUMENTARY, CRITICAL EDGE EXPERIENTIAL FILM FESTIVAL, FLORIDA - “"Im Addicted To You Don't You Know That You're Toxic" - Graduate Film
OFFICIAL SELECTION, CRITICAL EDGE EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, FLORIDA - “City, Dreams, City Nights” - Photo Series.
OFFICIAL SELECTION, EAST VILLAGE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK - “Pink” - Music Video
Synthetic Roots (2016)
Swallow Your Doubt (2018)
Painkiller (to be released August 2019)
New Stroke (2017)
Just Be (2019)