Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress
For the past six decades, John Loker has produced rigorously conceived, meticulously produced and visually mesmerising works of art across many different media. Known as a photographer, sculptor, assemblage-collagist and above all painter, he is one of modern Britain’s most original, free-thinking and category-defying artists. Author Ben Lewis traces the development of Loker’s unusual artistic journey, beginning at Bradford College alongside fellow students David Hockney, Peter Kaye, David Oxtoby, Norman Stevens and Michael Vaughan, followed by his education at the Royal College of Art, London, in the 1960s and subsequent rise to international attention in the 1970s. Interspersed with conversations and correspondence with Loker and his colleagues and collaborators, Horizons, Zones and Outer Spaces brings together more than 150 images from the 1950s to the present day, journeying through the landscape of Britain, Eastern Europe and Australia, to end with his most recent focus on space, and the horizon of our planet.
John Loker is a painter who lives and works in Norfolk. He studied graphic design at Bradford College of Art and Design between 1954 and 1958, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1963. The same year, he was awarded the Abbey Minor Travelling Scholarship. He has exhibited in some of London’s major institutions, the Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Barbican, as well as Cartwright Hall Gallery, Bradford, Walker Art Gallery, and in various galleries internationally. His works have been acquired by numerous institutions such as the Tate, Leeds Art Gallery and the Manchester Art Gallery.