Black Country Echoes

I was interested to learn that Arthur Lockwood is to be one of five artists whose work is to be shown at the Black Country Echoes exhibition to be held at the Light Media Centre, Wolverhampton, from 1 September to 31 October 2014. Unlike most other watercolour painters of the post-war landscape of the Black Country, he shuns the picturesque in favour of gritty industrial scenes, many of them of derelict factory buildings. 

Arthur Lockwood, Gas Works, Birmingham, 1952

Arthur Lockwood, Gas Works, Birmingham, 1952

Arthur Lockwood studied at Birmingham School in the early 1950s, completing both the Intermediate Course in Design and the National Diploma in Book Illustration before going on to study graphic design at the Royal College of Art for three years (1956-59). In an interview given to a member of staff in the Archives, Lockwood stressed that the teaching was very structured, with a great deal of emphasis on the development of technical skills and much less on the need for originality. Students were frequently sent out to sketch local landmarks and street scenes, and would then develop their sketches into paintings. We have a number of his student artworks, including several drawings and paintings that provide evidence for this method of teaching. 

Arthur Lockwood, Tysley Station, Birmingham, 1950

Arthur Lockwood, Tysley Station, Birmingham, 1950

This form of training was to have a strong impact on his method of working in later life: in his interview, Lockwood spoke of how he always begins a painting in front of the subject, making detailed visual notes rather than working from memory or relying heavily on the use of a camera. 

Why not come along to the Archives and see his work for yourself? If you're studying Visual Communication, how does it compare with what you're doing on your own course?