Laurence Stephen Lowry is one of those artists that have the same effect on your senses as Marmite; you either love him or hate him! There is no doubt that the quintessentially British artist is a household name and that his pictures of northern life are instantly recognisable, although for some he only came into popular recognition through the 1978 UK number one hit single “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs” from British music duo Brian & Michael (who?). We all remember the song but do we remember who sang it!
Although Lowry is probably Britain’s most popular artist, his work has often been misunderstood. Not only did he paint the mill towns and cities of the industrial north-west for which he is so famous, but he also produced many soulful landscapes and a number of masterly seascapes which are perhaps his greatest works.
This summer, June 2013, Tate Britain held the first major retrospective exhibition devoted to Lowry since the artist’s death in 1976. Interestingly, his painting style was often deemed to be naïve and it was only in his later years that he began to achieve critical acclaim.
Born in Lancashire on 1st November 1 1887, Lowry’s first London exhibition was held in 1939. In 1945 he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts by the University of Manchester and in 1962 he was elected to become a Royal Academician.
The first lecture in the programme from DFAS de la Frontera, a NADFAS associate society in Andalucía, Southern Spain, will be held at 11am on Wednesday 16th October 2013 at the San Roque Golf and Country Club, Km. 127 (A7) when Michael Howard will give his digital presentation L.S. Lowry – A Visionary Artist.
Michael Howard is the Programme Leader in the School of the History of Art and Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of Bolton NADFAS and is a practising artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist. He is the author of a book that takes a fresh look at Lowry’s work and he worked on the film on the artist that acts as an introduction to the artist’s life and work at the Lowry Centre. Michael Howard’s book L. S. Lowry – A Visionary Artist can be purchased from Amazon UK here.
More information about the society can be found at the DFAS de la Frontera website.