Change in the Midlands – Urban and Industrial Watercolours is a new book of paintings by Arthur Lockwood, a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists. From the publisher’s site:
Without making judgements, Arthur Lockwood has dedicated himself to recording the demolition of nineteenth-century buildings and the construction of new landmarks such as the Bull Ring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. Alongside this, he set out to document the decline of the regionâ€™s manufacturing, painting working factories and foundries before many were closed down and some of them demolished.
In Oldbury he recorded the last line of working drop hammers and in Wolverhampton the last manufacturer of tacks and cut nails. In Birmingham he painted the last drop forge in the city.
The book contains over 100 paintings selected from twenty yearsâ€™ work.
Here’s a couple of examples of his work, nicked from this informative essay.
Coombs Wood Works from the Dudley Canal
The Core Shop, Sidney Smith Castings.
via the invaluable D’log