Monday, September 29, 2008

RIP Brother Luke

'Brother Luke' Alexander, artist, activist

Philadelphia Daily News 215-854-5573
MANY A Philadelphia politician who needed a snazzy poster or brochure, button or banner to promote a candidacy turned to Luke Alexander Jr.

"Brother Luke," as he liked to call himself, never failed them over a 40-year span. He also did artistic promotional work for churches and numerous local civic and charitable organizations.

His creations, which also included T-shirts with cogent slogans, helped them get their messages across in a forceful manner.

Brother Luke died Thursday of a heart attack at age 67. He lived in West Philadelphia and maintained an office and studio in North Philadelphia.

In addition to promotional work, Luke did his own artwork, employing many mediums, which he exhibited across the country. In the late '60s, his paintings on black velvet were in great demand.

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