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John Luke (1906-1975)

John Luke was born in Belfast at 4 Lewis Street. He attended the Hillman Street National School and in 1920 went to work at the York Street Flax Spinning Company. He went on soon after to become a riveter at the Workman, Clark shipyard and whilst working there he enrolled in evening classes at the Belfast College of Art. He excelled at the college under the tutelage of Seamus Stoupe and Newton Penpraze. His contemporaries included Romeo Toogood, Harry Cooke Knox, George MacCann, and Colin Middleton. 


In 1927 he won the coveted Dunville Scholarship which enabled him to attend the Slade School of Art in London, where he studied painting and sculpture under the celebrated Henry Tonks, who greatly influenced his development as a draughtsman.  
Luke remained at the Slade School until 1930, in which year he won the Robert Ross Scholarship. 
On leaving the Slade he stayed in London, intent on establishing himself in the art world. For a time he shared a flat with fellow-Ulsterman F.E. McWilliam (1909–1992), and enrolled as a part-time student of Walter Bayes at the Westminster School of Art to study wood-engraving. 
He began to exhibit his work and in October 1930 showed two paintings, The Entombment and Carnival, in an exhibition of contemporary art held at Leger Galleries. The latter composition, depicting a group of masked merry-makers, was singled out by the influential critic, P.G. Konody of the Daily Mail (3 October 1930), as 'one of the most attractive features of the exhibition'. But the economic climate was deteriorating and a year later, at the end of 1933, he was driven back to Belfast by the recession. 

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Artist John Luke: Study for Engine at Harland and Wolff, 1938
John Luke
Study for Engine at Harland and Wolff  For sale
£850
Artist John Luke: Woman with a Tall Hat
John Luke
Woman with a Tall Hat  For sale
£750
Artist John Luke: Standing Nude with Right Arm Raised
John Luke
Standing Nude with Right Arm Raised  For sale
£590
Artist John Luke: Standing Male Nude
John Luke
Standing Male Nude  For sale
£575
Artist John Luke: Head of Woman with Dark Eyes
John Luke
Head of Woman with Dark Eyes  For sale
£650
Artist John Luke: Seated Woman
John Luke
Seated Woman  For sale
£950
Artist John Luke: Batsman
John Luke
Batsman  For sale
£765
Artist John Luke: Standing Woman Holding a Curtain
John Luke
Standing Woman Holding a Curtain  For sale
£1290
Artist John Luke: Head of a Girl in Profile
John Luke
Head of a Girl in Profile  For sale
£425
Artist John Luke: Woman’s Head in Profile
John Luke
Woman’s Head in Profile  For sale
£1200
Artist John Luke: Study for ‘Judith and Holofernes’, circa 1929
John Luke
Study for ‘Judith and Holofernes’  Sold 
Artist John Luke: Studies of a Head for ‘Judith and Holofernes’ c.1929
John Luke
Studies of a Head for ‘Judith and...  Sold