Adrian is a Sydney based artist who has been exhibiting for over 30 years. He works in all areas of the visual arts including painting, printmaking, photography, artists books, drawing and sculpture. His sketchbooks serve as diaries, recording everything from surfing Australian beaches to ideas for paintings to capturing birds brought to his attention.
Australian artist Adrian Lockhart visited Jordan for 10 days in 2019 to explore and sketch his way around the country.
The resulting paintings, completed upon his return to Australia, show the country as a rich and voluptuous destination, from the mountains of Wadi Rum to the lushness of the valleys of the north. The works on show at Jacaranda Images have a sketch like quality enhanced with rich tones of color highlighting the focus of each work. Dramatic and dark blue skies over Wadi Rum could be midday or midnight; the green of a Jerash or Ajloun view reflect the richness of springtime when Adrian travelled; and the darkness of the shadowy rocks of Petra combined with earthy tones capture the walk through the Siq perfectly.
Adrian used a mixture of mediums on his original sketches – pen and ink, water colour, even tea bags and the rocks of Petra to create his marks. The exhibition works are these sketches transferred into acrylic and ink paintings, both recognizable and abstracted.