Luke’s musical study hits right note

Sheffield Hallam graduate Luke Braddock painting The Orchestra His , Study of a Pianist was shortlisted for the  Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013
Sheffield Hallam graduate Luke Braddock painting The Orchestra His , Study of a Pianist was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013

Young Luke Braddock has combined his passion for visual art and music to put himself in the spotlight.

Just before his graduation in fine art from Sheffield Hallam University last month the 21-year-old heard he had been accepted for two prestigious art exhibitions .

The one-time High Storrs pupil was selected from more than 3,000 entries to become one of the 76 short-listed artists in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 for his work, Study of a Pianist.

The prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and after being on show in London the exhibition is currently on tour to venues across the UK ending in April 2014 in Canterbury.

Luke has also become one of the youngest artists to be pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, for his painting of his grandfather. The exhibition will be open to the public next Wednesday and runs to December 21.

The pianist is Gary O’Shea and the study is part of a larger composition, The Orchestra, an oil painting on canvas formed from amalgamating over a hundred photographs, preliminary pencil and I-Pad drawings of Sheffield University wind and symphony orchestras.

As Luke develops his career - The Bessemer II Gallery on Ecclesall Road is selling his work - he still plays the piano for diners at Otto’s restaurant near Hunter’s Bar.