Ballygally Castle (1939)
John Luke (b.1906, Belfast, d.1975, Belfast)
Oil on Board
H: 27, W: 38 cms
The son of a boilerman, John Luke was born in North Belfast. He studied at the Belfast School of art and in 1927 won a scholarship to the Slade School in London. He studied there with Henry Tonks and shared a studio with FE McWilliam. He returned to Belfast in 1931 and taught life classes in the Belfast School of Art until 1973. He admired and was influenced by the work of Eric Gill. Luke painted the large mural in the dome of Belfast City Hall which represents the life and history of the city. He was mainly a landscape and figurative painter. Luke’s flat in Duncairn Gardens is marked by a blue plaque erected by the Ulster History Foundation.