JOACHIM LUETKE has created arresting images for a variety of bands, labels and venues, including posters, ads and CD's. Born in 1957 in Germany, he studied art in Switzerland during the late seventies, and improved his unique, disturbing talent at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria from 1980 to 1986. He still lives in southern lower Austria as a successfull multimedia artist. Among his customers you can find outstanding musicians such as DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, MESHUGGAH, PAIN, MARILYN MANSON and many more.
Luetke´s art is disturbing, evocative and made to shake your minds´ foundations. The combination of a Freudian way to look at things, go into depths as impicturing Nietzsche and Lovecraft, to end up with a perfect symbiosis of theogenic machines in a seductive environment resembling the last days of humanity. Luetke´s art is set to push you back on your own beginnings and maybe even evoke doubts and erratings on your own personality – if you dare to enter the coven of the master !
"I would like to take a moment to express my highest regards to the magnificent works that you have created for the world to see. To say the very least ,you are gifted with a remarkable talent of expression and that you define your work exquisitely. Every creation you have bestowed upon the naked eye thus far symbolizes the raw power that flows freely from the human mind and your work harnesses that power very well. So thanks for the darkness and keep it up............
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"Joachim Luetke is driven by a hostility against civilization: he feels so ill at ease in our culture that he simulates archaic and even prearchaic cults in order to get to the roots of real existence. In these antediluvian places of worship he becomes the designer of the most crafty theogonic machines. The more unreal the device, the bigger its hallucinating distinctness. When I look at Luetke's pictures, I find myself confronted with a sensational archaeologic discovery; its condition seems so fabulous that I can fully detect the sophistic technology and experience the subtle odd functionalism of these ghostly machines. It is one of the main features of these devices that their appearances are of almost seductive superreality and entice me to abandon my civilizing reserves in order to experience the true existence of the discoveries, which are presented with utmost credibility. I cannot evade the suggestive power of this extraordinary artist."
Prof. Rudolf Hausner †, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
"Luetke is crucifying newly and violently in his world, manipulates genes diligently, illustrates ironically mankinds' benefits and raises the "principle of doubt" to the "principle of principles" (© Edmund Husserl, inventor of the conception of phenomenology). To him the "principle of hope" and the "principle of responsibility" are not enough. Plastically-imaginative as Edward Kienholz he wants to guard what can be saved beyond all suffering. Inward balance plus outward solidarity is his basic mental attitude. A combatant, prophet, frightener with visions of homunculi, in short a lone fighter - like some artists, that succeeded later. May God help him. In any case Luetke is ready to help God and the world."