'Italian Sunlight' by contemporary artist Luke Martineau


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Born in 1970, Luke is a London based artist who was educated at Eton before gaining a First in English and Modern Languages at Oxford. He studied briefly at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in London before beginning to paint professionally in the 1990s. Luke’s versatile output encompasses portraiture, landscape, still life and illustration. He has regular shows in the West End of London and a thriving portrait practice. Luke discovered a passion for landscape painting at an early age, and plein air painting, whether on his travels or in London, is still an important part of his work. He is also happy to accept portrait commissions of all shapes and sizes, from family groups and children to more formal or official subjects. Highlights of the last five years include painting Her Majesty The Queen visiting Eton College and a full length portrait of the Lord Mayor of London. He exhibits publicly, notably achieving in 2003 Runner up in the Garrick/Milne portrait competition. In 2010 he travelled to India with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as official tour artist. His work is collected by writers and royalty alike, and is held in many public and private collections including the Royal Collection. Luke is President of the Chelsea Arts Society.

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