John Luke RUA Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers
John Luke RUA

John Luke was born in Belfast and became mainly a painter of landscape and figures. He was an artist who very much dedicated his time to craftsmanship and before winning a scholarship to the Belfast School of Art, he worked in the shipyard of Belfast and the York street flax spinning mill. Luke then moved to London and it was here that he began to show his work through exhibitions.

During the Second World War, John took a break from painting and took up teaching at the Belfast College of Art. At the time of the 1940’s, Luke’s work was barely known outside of Ulster, but when James White from Dublin saw his pieces, he said, ‘John Luke has achieved colour tones of purity, and textural values of a quality unequalled by any painter of the past three centuries whose work I know.’ 

John Luke RUA - Auction results

There have been 43 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 157 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 157 Sale Date: 01 December 2010
    Result: £8,000
  • LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Mixed Media Size: H 10" x W 14"
    Result: £1,500
  • Lot 166 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 166 Sale Date: 08 October 2008
    Result: £1,200
  • LAGAN REFLECTIONS by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    LAGAN REFLECTIONS Sale Date: 14 February 2019 Medium: Watercolour Drawing Size: H 9" x W 12"
    Result: £1,100
  • Lot 153 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 153 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £1,000
  • Lot 175 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 175 Sale Date: 05 December 2012
    Result: £950
  • Lot 151 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 151 Sale Date: 01 December 2010
    Result: £800
  • THE OLD PIER, BELFAST LOUGH by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    THE OLD PIER, BELFAST LOUGH Sale Date: 16 May 2019 Medium: Oil on Board Size: H 7" x W 10"
    Result: £750
  • Lot 162 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 162 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £700
  • Lot 22 by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 22 Sale Date: 03 June 2009
    Result: £700
  • FEMALE NUDE by John Luke RUA at Ross's Auctions
    FEMALE NUDE Sale Date: 08 October 2014 Medium: Coloured Pencil on Paper Size: H 24" x W 16"
    Result: £700