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Memories of Northampton artist and father who has died

Artist John Luce Lockett pictured at his home life drawing studio in Abington, Northampton

Artist John Luce Lockett pictured at his home life drawing studio in Abington, Northampton

Northampton artist and “great dad” John Luce Lockett has died at the age of 62 after fighting a long battle with prostate cancer.

His son, musician Billy Lockett, 22, said his father had been an inspiration who “supported me through everything, he drove me to my first gig and came to nearly all the rest”.

Before he died on May 9, the internationally-renown artist both studied and worked in Northampton.

He opened his own gallery in the town in 1983 and founding the Northampton School of Drawing at his home in Abington.

His impressive resume included creating the iconic Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian portrait, the internationally exhibited NightHawks collection and his last venture, Homage to Gustav Klimt.

But despite producing extremely successful commissions, Mr Lockett always preferred to paint from his own inspiration, creating his own narrative.

Mr Lockett said: “My dad tought me you can make a job out of art and he proved it by bringing me up happily on that living.”

“He was really sociable and loved his teaching, going to the pub, meeting people and jamming on his recorder.

“Some of my happiest memories with him are of when we used to go on holidays around France together in his camper van.

“I was always surrounded by his art work and I want to do everything I can to keep selling it and continue his legacy.

“It was just him and me for most of my life [after John Lockett separated from his wife Amanda] and he was the best dad; he was a local celebrity and I know lots of people will miss him.”

His funeral will be held today (Tuesday) at 3.30pm at the Three Shires Crematorium.

 

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