John Loker is a British abstract artist. He was part of a group of painters that included David Hockney, Norman Stevens and David Oxtoby who trained at Bradford School of Art in the 1950s. Although intending to train as a commercial sign writer Loker has gone on to become one of Britain's most disciplined, yet original, free-thinking and category-defying artists.
Speaking to Ben Lewis, who has written a new book 'Horizons, Zones and Other Spaces: The Art of John Loker' the artist talks about his life and gives a revealing insight into his visually mesmerizing paintings. With journeys to Eastern Europe and Australia and still painting as he celebrates his 80th birthday there is lots to tell!
Accompanies an exhibition of the same name at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.
Official opening (all welcome) 21 October 1 - 3pm, speeches 2.15pm. 3pm will feature a short acoustic set of American blues on guitar by Catfish Keith.
In partnership with Flowers Gallery, London.
Also on the same afternoon - official launch of Cellar Gallery display Puppets and Lanterns by Cecil Green Arts. Meet the team.
This event is FREE, sponsored by the Friends of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums.
Ben Lewis is an art critic, author, documentary filmmaker and television presenter. He has written about art and culture for 'Prospect' Magazine and the Evening Standard, for both of which he was a resident art critic for many years, and for most leading newspapers from the The Observer, Sunday; Telegraph and the Times in Britain, to Liberation and Die Welt. His monograph about the British painter David Hepher was published by Flowers Gallery in 2016, while his acclaimed history of humour under Communism, Hammer and Tickle was published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in 2008. Ben gained an MA in history of art from Trinity College, Cambridget University. He lives and works in London.