Inspirational Hartlepool artist uses paintbrush attached to his cap

Luke Walker with his paintings
Luke Walker with his paintings

INSPIRATIONAL Luke Walker is delighted to show off his an excellent exhibition of paintings which he created using a paintbrush attached to his cap.

The 27-year-old Cerebral Palsy sufferer, who cannot use his hands, created 21 paintings which he has put on display for all to see in the Central Library, in York Road, Hartlepool.

The collection depicts scenes of London, Barcelona and Malta and a number of abstract paintings which he completed with acrylic paint.

And he is hoping to complete several more works of art for a potential exhibition in Portugal next year.

Luke’s mum Diane Walker, 57, said: “Luke’s been painting for two years now and he’s getting better and better all the time. He’s quite prolific!

“I’m his mam so I think his paintings are fantastic, but we do get a lot of good feedback from other people as well. We’re looking forward to people seeing his exhibition in the library so they can see how good he really is.”

Speaking through his mum, wheelchair-bound Luke, of Henry Smith Terrace, on the Headland, told the Mail: “I feel very proud of myself and I really enjoy doing it.”

Talented Luke started painting when his dad, John, 59, came up with the idea to attach a paint brush to his cap.

And relative Eddie Clarke, an artist and graduate at the Royal Academy of Art in London, has been at Luke’s side helping him to master painting.

Eddie, 51, of Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, started by designing a number of stencils which Luke can then paint around on the page, allowing him to complete straight lines.

Eddie said: “What Luke has done with his limitations is just amazing. We are really proud of him.”

Luke has previously displayed art work, which he created with the help of Michael Ross of cerebral palsy charity Heel and Toe, at the Newcastle Building Society head office, in Newcastle.

Luke, who has raised around £2,500 for the County Durham–based charity, also has maths and geography A-levels to his name, which he achieved when studying at the British International School of Budapest when the family lived in Hungary, and has also landed a Princess Diana award for his achievements.

The Central Library exhibition will be shown until Wednesday next week.