Northern Rhythm: The Art of John Luke (1906 -1975) celebrates the life and art of one of ...
Northern Rhythm: The Art of John Luke (1906 -1975) celebrates the life and art of one of Northern Ireland's most distinguished artists. The exhibition, curated by Dr Joseph McBrinn of the University of Ulster, is the most comprehensive retrospective and critical assessment of John Luke's work ever mounted and will include examples of Luke's most important portraits, landscapes, drawings, designs for murals and sculptures, as well as examples of his woodcut and linocut prints.
Luke was a painter, muralist, printmaker and sculptor, who began his life working as a riveter in the Belfast's shipyards. A modernist who was dedicated to craftsmanship, Luke's artwork is characterised by a unique sense of 'rhythm' he found in the Northern Ireland landscapes. Described by his friend and local poet John Hewitt as: "Not at all close to the romantic stereotype of the artist", Luke's strict technical discipline matched his compulsively neat and simple lifestyle.
Launching at the same time as the John Luke exhibition is the 300 Years of Irish Landscape Painting exhibition, drawn from the Museum's own collection, which traces the history of Irish landscape painting from the 1700s to the present.
On display until February 2013, Northern Rhythm: The Art of John Luke (1906 - 1975) will be accompanied by special events and also tours by the exhibition curator, Dr Joseph McBrinn. For further information visit www.nmni.com/um