Sydney artist Adrian Lockhart’s minimalist, lyrical works come from a lifetime’s observation of people interacting with the ocean, where waves break into the shallow water that surfers call the ‘impact zone’. Lockhart says it’s the ‘wave dance’ in and around the shoreline that has inspired his forthcoming exhibition Shallows at Metropolis Gallery, to be launched by Craig Baird, Curator of SurfWorld Museum Torquay on opening night 6-8pm Friday 7 November.

Adrian was born in 1947 in remote Queenstown, on the west coast of Tasmania. A doodler from the beginning, his mother always complained that she could never find a piece of paper without his drawings all over it. He moved to Launceston with his family in 1952 and in 1962 joined ‘The Examiner’ as a junior artist where deadlines meant thinking and working at great speed. It was also during the ‘60s that the young Adrian was drawn to Surf Coast beaches, particularly Torquay and Bells. In 1970 he moved to Sydney and while working as a successful art director he continued to paint. By the early 1980's he finally decided to concentrate on painting full-time.

I go to the beach and either remember that experience in the water and do a quick drawing when I get home or I sit on the beach and draw figures and other surfers. But it’s utilizing being at the beach, going surfing rather than saying: okay, I am going to go somewhere and draw the beach. It’s a fact that I am there; I am enjoying it. Basically every week I go there, surfing. I go up the coast regularly and usually the same places.

Adrian Lockhart has exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout Australia nearly every year for the past 30 years and this is Adrian’s second exhibition with Metropolis Gallery. His paintings are represented in major national and international collections.

Click here to view work from Adrian Lockhart's
2011 exhibition "Coastal".