(All photographs by Michael Myers)

On the surface, Colorado Springs Artist and Orthodox monk Luke Shaffer would seem to be the embodiment of spiritual contradiction. On the one hand, he’s a bona fide tonsured monk in the Orthodox tradition. On the other hand, he’s a child of American pop culture who continues to draw and paint the rock ‘n’ roll icons of his youth alongside the monks and icons of his faith.

In this first installment of a two-part audio slide show, Shaffer talks about the paintings and drawings of the pop-cultural idols who continue to influence him.

In the second installment tomorrow we’ll look at his other works, which include philosophers, monks and religious icons, some of which grace the narthex of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church here in Colorado Springs.

Shaffer’s work will appear at the Rubbish Gallery from January 8 – 29.

(We’re grateful for your feedback. Seriously, it keeps us going! Comments go below, or you can email us at thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)


8 Responses to Punks and Monks (Part 1: Punks)

  1. kay johnson says:

    Hi Luke- fun to see your stuff here! And a surprise. I like the newspaper/ornate frame combination- it would be interesting to install it that way. Nice work.

  2. Janis Hahn says:

    I consider myself extremely fortunate to know Luke and to own two of his “punk” works (Keith Richards and U2). My son also owns one of Steve Vai. Luke is an amazing talent and I urge everyone to try to see his work at Rubbish in January.

  3. awd says:

    contemporary iconography. saints of punk. joey ramone painting glows.

  4. Lisa Griffith says:

    As ever, you are amazing. It is great to see your latest works.

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  6. Nancy Vogel says:

    I have a video you made and starred in in 1985 ish at North Middle School. :) Your path and your brilliance move me to remember how lucky I was to teach you and your class so many years ago. I look forward to seeing your work.

  7. S says:

    Where is part 2?


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