There is an attempt in Luke’s work to explore and understand the world through curiosity and a commitment to social mobility. Art is the way this inquiry is formalised.
Holden (2015) suggests “The younger generation of creators are omnivorous in their approach to culture, are good at seeing connections and moving ideas from one part of culture to another”. Luke sees himself as part of this “younger generation of creators”, a generation whose horizons have been broadened in the past few decades by those who have changed the definition of what it means to be an artist or curator, how and where they operate.
“Researchers and artists are my celebrities. They have proven themselves to be uncompromising in their pursuit of positive change, leaving religions and politicians in their wake. ”
Making historically referenced works across multiple and unlimited forms, there is a refusal in his work to having a recognisable, signature style to become ‘known’ for.
Growing up in Dorset and now making work out of his studio at BV in Bristol, he was a student of Greg Lucas, Lala Meredith-Vula and Roger Bradley in Leicester, Valery Rizzo in Brooklyn, New York, and now Dr. Ben Parry and Prof. Mike Tooby in Bath.
His Living Legacies and Court Painter portraiture have been the subject of shows at both Bristol’s newest and oldest major art galleries.