Artist Luke Roberts (PHOTO: Hiram To) was directly engaged in the artist-runs E.M.U with collaborators Georgina Pope and Ross Wallace in 1979-1981 and with the artist-run A.G.O.W ( A Glass of Water) alongside collaborators Hiram To, Scott Redford and others in 1989-1991.


Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity


Luke has exhibited publicly since 1975. His first major public exhibition Pope Alice presents Luke Roberts was in 1980. He exhibited at Bellas Gallery and then BellasMilani Gallery from 1987-2005 Philip Bacon Gallery 2006 and is currently represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane and John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne.


Luke studied drawing at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney and Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Queensland University of Technology in 2001.


From 1984-1987 he lived and worked in Europe.


He has received various public art commissions from the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council.


Luke was a featured actor in Tracey Moffatts film Bedevil. The character drew on his performance work investigating the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.


He is also both an adviser to, and patronized by Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice and fosters Her mission to Planet Earth as Camerlingo, tour manager, Master of Wardrobe, and Senior Curator of the Papal Wunderkammer. He has pioneered various embassies and consulates for her Divine Holiness around the globe including New York, Tokyo, Rome and Amsterdam.


Luke was a regular contributer to Heyoka Magazine

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E.M.U, AGLASSOFWATER, Georgina Pope, Ross Wallace, Hiram To, Scott Redford, Paul Andrew and many other artists



Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Griffith University, Brisbane

Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Various Private Collections


Select CV


The Veto of Reason, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane



Wunderkammer, State Library of Queensland
Objects of My Affection, Site, Brisbane



Without Closure, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
Artist’s Videos, National Arts Week, Brisbane



Logic Assassinates, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane



1+1=3, ongoing photographic work



Plan 9, The Compartners, Amsterdam
Touring Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs



Name Dropping, St. Olofspoort, Amsterdam


1984 – 86

Touring Exhibition, Queensland Arts Council


1984 – 85

Der Kunstler Als Narcis/Das Leben Ist Kunst Ist Kitsch, Screening and Discussion of the Artist’s own films, Hannover Fachhochschule + Braunsweig Film Academie, Fed Rep. Germany and performance series , “Alles Alice Ueber…”



Alpha Centenary, commemorative envelopes, Australia Post



Luke Roberts, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane



Pope Alice Presents Luke Roberts, Spring Hill Gallery, Brisbane