Painter, born in Belfast, where he finally lived. Luke was fond of working in tempera with a resin-oil varnish; his pictures are often highly coloured with a dramatic and unusual quality. Studied at the School of Art, Belfast, with the mural painter Ivor Beaumont, 1923–7, at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1927–30, under Henry Tonks, and at the Westminster School of Art, 1930–1, with Walter Bayes. Luke won a number of prizes and scholarships and continued his studies privately in museums and galleries in London and Paris. Exhibited Leger and Redfern Galleries, UA, RHA and in America. Queen’s University, Belfast, and Belfast Museum and Art Gallery hold his work. Arts Council of Northern Ireland retrospective in 1978.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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