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L.S. Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry)


L.S. Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry) Daisy nook.

Refused the honour of a knighthood by the prime minister, Harold Wilson. Lowry was born in Barrett Street, Stretford, Lancashire on the 1st November 1887.

As a child he was nicknamed Laurie by his family due to his mother’s disappointment when she found out that she had a boy instead of a girl. His mother (Elizabeth) was unable to look at him at first because this. His mother always saw him as a disappointment and even said so although not directly.

Lowry’s farther was called Robert and he as well as his son Lowry was dominated by Elizabeth Lowry’s mother who used poor health after giving birth to Lowry as an excuse. She did not accept failure or low standards which was a habit that was given to her by her father. This seemed to be mentioned in his interviews as Lowry talks about having an unhappy childhood with a repressive family atmosphere.

Lowry had no sign of being an academic student during his school life. When Lowry left school he signed up for private art lessons on antique and free hand drawing. Lowry followed his artistic career in 1905 when he secured a place in an art college (Manchester municipal college of art) his art lessons then expanded under the influence of a French impressionist artist Pierre Adolph Valette.

Lowry graduated in 1915 to Salford school of art where he planned to continue he’s studies until 1925. This was the point at which he discovered his interest in industrial landscape and established his style.

Lowry’s style of painting was unique and original as a child that lived in the industrial age he was influenced by this and so is well known for painting from real life he is also known for what is now called drawing matchstick men. Due to the simplicity of each of the people in his crowded paintings this simplicity has characterised him as a naive ‘Sunday painter’ by some.

However this is not how many galleries view him however selling his work for hundreds and sometimes thousands these places are ‘the Lowry’, ‘Cornwater fine art’ and many more. Although this style is what he is well known for, he broadened his painting skills and did mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the very secretive works of ‘marionette’ which was only discovered after his death in 1976 on the 23rd February at the age of 89.

David Tatham, specialist art dealer for over 25 years, has a deatailrd knowledge of Lowry’s life and work. Signed, limited editions and paintings can be viewed and bought from the website http://www.lowry.co.uk