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Paintings of deprivation and regeneration Artist Arthur Lockwood has won the 2008 de Laszlo medal and will have ten works on display at the Royal Society of British Artists’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in March 2009. Inspired by the landscapes that were created during the last recession, Arthur’s derelict houses and rusting machinery show a nostalgia for departed industry and highlight the beauty in urban decay. Arthur’s work has been described by art historian Frank Whitford as: A kind of romanticism stimulated by indications of decay and the passing of unrecoverable time. Both powerful and melancholy, Arthur’s pictures record the changes in the Midlands landscape - the demolition of nineteenth century buildings and the construction of new landmarks - and mourn the loss of British Industry. Arthur wanted to document the decline of manufacturing in the region and painted working factories before many were closed down and some demolished. However, many of his pictures are full of hope for the future. In Construction in progress, Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre Arthur documents the regeneration of central Birmingham.

interested in the changing face of Britain and in 2005 he was interviewed by David Dimbleby for the BBC television series ‘A Picture of Britain’.

He moved back to the Midlands in 1988 after working in London and says he found two main subjects: urban, especially areas that were changing, and industrial, when I could get inside the working factory.

Works by Arthur Lockwood RBA, including Derelict Gantry Crane, Wolverhampton, Awaiting demolition, Homefire, Coventry and Construction in progress, Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre, will be on display at the Mall Galleries in central London, from 18 to 29 March 2009.

Since then Arthur’s paintings have become a resource for people


AC125 Feruary 2009  

February 2009 issue.

AC125 Feruary 2009  

February 2009 issue.