Northern Irish artist whose early painting Carnival gained the attention of influential art critics. He was known for being meticulous and precise both in his art and in his appearance.
He earned the Dunville Scholarship to attend London's Slade School of Art in 1927, where he was taught by Henry Tonks. His first two paintings to be exhibited were Entombment and Carnival at Leger Galleries.
His artistic work was printed in a 2012 anthology published by the National Museum of Northern Ireland and titled Northern Rhythm: The Art of John Luke (1906-1975).
He was raised in Belfast with six brothers and one sister by James and Sarah Luke.
He was inspired by the work of Roger Fry .