Artwork by Alexandra Luke,  Untitled Composition

Alexandra Luke
Untitled Composition

signed lower right
11.25 x 9 ins ( 28.6 x 22.9 cms )

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Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Alexandra Luke met Jock Macdonald in the summer of 1945 at the Banff School of Fine Arts, where Macdonald taught “automatic drawing”, the technique seen here in Luke's “Untitled Composition” of the period. Her style had remained quite naturalistic until this point and the influence of Macdonald's automatism on her practice would be lasting. In the summers which followed, Alexandra Luke attended American-German painter Hans Hofmann's school in Massachusetts and further developed her newfound affinity for abstraction.

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Alexandra Luke
(1901 - 1967) Painters Eleven

Alexandra Luke (Margaret McLaughlin) was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1901. She trained under Jock MacDonald and A.Y. Jackson at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1945 and later in 1947 with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachuesetts.
In 1953 Luke was included in the formation of Painters Eleven; a diverse group of Canadian artists with a common commitment to abstraction and modernism. She exhibited with the group in Montreal, New York, and Toronto until they disbanded in 1960.