The Art of John Loker

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Sat 20 Oct 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

John Loker is a British abstract painter who began his career at Bradford School of Art in the 1950s.

Born in Farsley, a small mill town in between Bradford and Leeds, Loker's background is working class. He lived in a one-up-one-down back-to-back terraced house, his family all involved in the weaving industry. Loker considers this heritage to have made its way into his painting with some pictures resembling folds of cloth and others looking almost as if they have been woven.

Loker discovered he loved drawing at school and aged fifteen he won a scholarship to study at Bradford Art School. It was here he met David Hockney, David Oxtoby and Norman Stevens who would later be nicknamed by a London art critic as 'the Bradford Mafia'.

This exhibition surveys examples of Loker's vast body of work from over 60 years including Still Life with Figures, the earlierst known remaining picture by the artist and the first he ever exhibited for an exhibition at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in 1964.

In partnership with John Loker and Flowers Gallery.

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