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. [Read more…]