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LUKE WILLIAMS

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Luke Williams studied  BA Illustration at the University of the West of England in the early 2000s and left university to teach English. After having taught for 6 years, his career took a U-turn, when his attention turned to microbiology. 

Before taking up painting full-time, Luke had a successful career as a cheesemaker.

During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 his inspiration to take up painting professionally was realised after setting up a studio in the City Bowl. 

Luke draws much of his inspiration from Cape Town's natutal beauty, and light. 

'Cape Town is located around a huge national park where natural beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes are hard to ignore. Having been born and raised in the metropolis of London, Cape Town was literally a breath of fresh air. The ability to be on the side of a mountain, 5 minutes from my home, engulfed in the flora and fauna that comes from it being one of the six Floral Kingdoms on Earth is both fortunate and life changing.

The ability to take oneself away from human settlements and spend time in nature is vital. Nature is as honest as it gets and holds all of the answers we look to acquire. I found myself gravitating towards artists who hold this knowledge. The harshness of life and the ever-changing state of the world is hard to ignore. These nature based painters seemed less troubled and at ease with all that was being throwing at them.

 

When I was a young boy, my grandfather, Harold, taught me the basics of how to hold a paintbrush and apply oil paints to a canvas. He was a fabulous landscape painter and a gentle grandfather. To spend time in nature; to walk, stand, sit, or lie, or to paint what is around you is perhaps the deepest meditation available.

The morning and the evening bring with them delicious shadows , and it was a light-bulb moment when I realised that shadows can - and more often than not do - play a central role in an image. The colours that can be seen within these shadows tell stories of what has come before or what is soon to take place.

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Luke's available works on show at Artvark Gallery.

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Luke Williams

Six Trees

Oil on board

59 x 65.5 cm

Framed in kiaat

R 28 000

SOLD 

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Luke Williams

A Lesson at Dusk

Oil on board

56 x 76 cm

Framed in kiaat

R 19 840

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Luke Williams

Pathway To The Mountain

Oil on board

61 x 70 cm

Framed in kiaat

R 28 000

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Luke Williams

Elandsheim Dam II

Oil on board

64 x 52 cm 

Framed in kiaat

R 19 840

SOLD

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Luke Williams

Flooded Footpath 

Oil on board

70 x 58 cm 

Framed in kiaat

R 19 840

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