Arthur was born in Birmingham and worked as a freelance book designer in London before returning to the midlands in 1987 to paint full time.
He chose to record the changes that were taking place, the demolition of urban areas, the closure and demolition of factories and the construction of new landmarks such as the Bull Ring, Birmingham.
He also wanted to record the working of the metal based industries before they closed down.
In Oldbury he recorded the last line of working drop hammers and in Wolverhampton the last manufacturer of tacks and cut nails.
He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2001 and an associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2006.
̛̛Change in the Midlands̛̛ urban and industrial watercolours by Arthur Lockwood published by John Sansom & Co. Ltd in 2007.
̛̛Urban and Industrial Watercolours of Birmingham and the Black Country̛̛ with watercolours by Frank T. Lockwood and Paul Lockwood. By Arthur Lockwood published by Sansom & Company Ltd in 2012. ISBN: 978-1-908326195
̛̛Coventry Colliery Captured̛̛ a record of the demolition of the colliery shown at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry.
̛̛Portrait of a City̛̛ changes in Birmingham shown at Birmingham Art Gallery.