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Luke Radl

"All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."
-- George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism 


Certain Inalienable Rights - 17" x 9" -
Photoshop, Wacom - 2011
It's almost astounding how rapidly our country replicated and expanded exactly the abusive power structures that it was founded in opposition to.*




Running Feet - 17.5" x 8" -
Photoshop, Wacom - 2010
Barefoot running is one of the most freeing and empowering experiences I think a person can have. It's certainly true of me. I tried to capture the speed, weightlessness, and exuberance of it in this piece.*





About Luke

Luke Radl attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 2006. While attending he received the Norman Maurer Memorial Scholarship (2007) and the MADA DesignFrederico Gonzales Memorial Scholarship (2008) for my artwork. As am a full-time freelance commercial artist and web designer, Luke recently featured in COOL’s Lowell arts anthology Young Angel Midnight.Current clients include Dark Horse ComicsOnshore Productions, Citizen Radio, and Atlas Incognita.

Past clients include The Attractive Arts, Fantasy Flight Games, Arcana Comics, BirthdayShoes.com, House Haunters and private commissions.

Web design clients include We’re Not BrokeCitizen RadioThe Progressive Playbook, The Attractive ArtsJonathan Cox Photography, and Mosaic Sciences.


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American Exceptionalism - 15" x 23" -
Photoshop, Wacom - 2011
In Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, a god-like figure, strolls nonchalantly through an alternate 1960's Vietnam obliterating fleeing peasants on behalf of the stars and stripes. Here, I've simply made an already poignant metaphor explicit. Lest there be any doubts: violence employed for economic dominance, callous indifference, and self-aggrandizing double-think are wholly bipartisan, ongoing endeavors.





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