LS Lowry

LS LOWRY (1887-1976)

LS Lowry (Lawrence Stephen Lowry)
Manchester born painter, L S Lowry became world famous for his industrial paintings and artworks that reflected life in the north of England during the middle of the 20th century. Over the years he developed a unique approach via his paintings in capturing the bleak industrial era and struggles of everyday life during this period.

He was quoted as saying: “I saw the industrial scene and I was affected by it. I tried to paint it all the time. I tried to paint the industrial scene as best I could, it wasn’t easy

Lowry studied painting at the Municipal College of Art (1905–15), and then at Salford School of Art (1915–25), supporting himself by working as a rent collector.

His initial works were often sketches before he started painting. However,  he only ever painted at home in his workroom. He used only five colours – flake white, ivory black, vermilion (red), Prussian blue and yellow ochre.

After years of painting and exhibiting around Manchester and Salford, he received his first one-man exhibition in London in 1939 and as a result went on to national recognition.

In 1969, Lowry was reported to have refrused a knighthood as reported by the BBC (Click Here)

Having Past away in 1976, his works have been collectable items around the world ever since. His legacy of amazing paintings captured a period of hardship, industrial settings and the mood of the time.

“You don’t need brains to be a painter, just feelings.” LS Lowry