Adrian Lockhart’s love of the line in printmaking and drawing is well represented in Art for Books, but his discovery of the artist book in its various forms is at the heart. Showing his one-off and limited edition books alongside related paintings, drawings, woodblocks, etchings and monotypes demonstrates how the union of the book and the mark has formed a significant direction in his already substantial and established life’s work. Books have always fascinated Lockhart:
I like the excitement, discovery and tactility of page turning. As can be seen in this show, each artist’s book is quite individual and can vary considerably. There are unique books and books in limited editions.
In the 1960s as a young teen Adrian worked as a newspaper artist, creating images, designing, working with type and being involved in the printing industry. This was an invaluable experience, resulting in images and books like those on show in Art for Books.