- Photography by Mr Benjamin McMahon
- Styling by Mr Tony Cook, Junior Fashion Editor, MR PORTER
- Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER
For men such as the multitalented Mr Luke Waller, you imagine that there are never quite enough hours in the day. A model with nine years' experience, the London-based 28 year old has worked with brands including Paul Smith and Oliver Spencer, and recently starred in the campaign for Joseph's new menswear collection. When he's not busy modelling, he also spends five nights a week managing Pix, a tapas restaurant and bar in central London. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, because it's not as a model or restaurateur but as an artist that Mr Waller has garnered the most recognition.
Working mainly as a painter, he describes his approach as semi-autobiographical, combining fragmented narratives from songs and movies to tell his own story. Beginning with imagery collected from film and TV stills, fashion shoots and other sources, he creates a digital collage that he then recreates in oil on canvas. "These are narratives that individually I'm quite disassociated from, but which combine to tell my own story," he explains. "I'm painting my life behind a mask, in a way."
These are narratives that individually I'm quite disassociated from, but which combine to tell my own story. I'm painting my life behind a mask, in a way
In collaboration with MR PORTER, Mr Waller is now stepping out from behind that mask for the first time by recreating on canvas three of the images from our exclusive shoot.
"Strangely enough, I've never really painted a self-portrait," he admits. "I've been holding something back in that respect. Having spent most of my artistic career using imagery from other people, I can't tell you how exciting it is to have a hand in creating the photographs that will go on to form the original source material for my work. Both the photographer and art director have a style very reminiscent of my own, so the finished product, I hope, will be some of the most personal work I've done."