Luke’s work for the Oxmarket Exhibition combines found items with a canvas background. Playfully and imaginatively creating new roles for shells, drift wood and lobster tails. He loves to use naturally found items to represent everyday scenes, and turn the two-dimensional canvas into a sculpture. He has also uses gold leaf to decorate and create illuminations.
“I once found a small clam shell in the flower bed of my garden and marvelled at its beauty. I covered it in gold paint, which really was an unnecessary gilding of the lily, and took it to work to show a colleague. Embarrassingly they looked at me as though I had gone quite mad. Undaunted I pursued my love for something which has such natural yet wild beauty. In the same month I found on the beach pieces of driftwood which it seemed the sea had lovingly crafted and nothing I could action would replicate their unique and wonderful character. By the time I got back to the car I had crammed by pockets full.”
Working and living in Chichester Luke also writes fiction
and has written a book of short stories One Last Cruise, a children’s story for nine to eleven year olds,Films and Fathers and series of bedtime stories for pre-readers The Cat Competition.