At 13 years of age, Arthur joined a textile design studio in Manchester where he worked for 32 years. He started to paint as a means of relaxation. There were two great influences in his life which greatly influenced his development as an artist. One was the work of L. S. Lowry and the other was the memories he spent as a boy in the Manchester in the 1930s with the smoke-laden skies and rattling tramcars.
Lowry’s work made him aware of the many special qualities of the north and soon he began producing street scenes and industrial landscapes. His paintings were not stylised but a true likeness to their location. He set out to capture the atmosphere of the 1930s and all of his paintings capture the nostalgia of the period.
In April 1974 he held a very successful one-man show at the Tib Lane Gallery in Manchester, with all the pictures selling within half an hour at the preview. His paintings continued to sell well during his lifetime and he exhibited at the Royal Academy.