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Artist At Work - The British Artist Lowry And His Paintings

L.S. Lowry found no difference between a painting and a drawing. To him both were equally hard to do. He was known to produce quick sketches with maximum details on any paper that was found handy. But he was also known to work hours together, rubbing the pencil, smudging, drawing patterns on the paper to produce the atmosphere he wanted to build his drawing. He was known to compose his single drawing for hours sitting in his room and taking care of every single detail and every single figure placement. He will be isolated while doing his work and won't see days light for hours together.


Lowry was known to sit in front of his canvas or a board on his easel with no idea of what to paint or draw. He will have a dreamy aura around him and doesn't now about his next work until he starts working. He fondly calls these paintings as dreamscapes as these are born out his dreams.

Industrial Landscape

The major input of his industrial landscapes came from Bernard Taylor. Taylor once advised Lowry to paint his landscapes on a pristine white background. Lowry then experimented with several permutations and combinations of white paint on his boards. He would paint layers of white on the board and leave them for a long time, making the background creamy when he is ready for painting a landscape. This gave Lowry the desired effect of the industrial sky and the stark placement of his figures; a feature he wanted to achieve.

Color and Brush Strokes

Lowry is known to use a basic range of colors on a pure white background. His range of colors never exceeds other than black, flake white, ivory, vermilion (red), yellow ochre, Prussian blue, and a linseed medium. He is known to be partial towards oils. If one pays close attention to his paintings, one can find an ingenious variety of brush strokes including both the ends of the brush, his fingers, sticks and nails.

Lowry was also known to reuse and recycle his older images. In a distinct case, the painting of Head of a Man (1938) showed a female portrait and a self portrait beneath it, when X-rayed.

Landscapes and Portraits

Most of the paintings of Lowry depict the urban and industrial landscape of the city he lives in at that time. Though Landscapes and seascapes are some of his powerful pictures, he found particular pleasure in his portraits of solitary figures. He found painting sad people to be his biggest challenge and a difficult one. He had a huge insight of human nature and was known to maintain an unattached relationship with it.

He painted throughout his life and had a ground breaking retrospective exhibition at Royal Academy in the year of 1976, months after his death. Since 1936, the Salford Museum & Art Gallery has been collecting his artwork and houses a huge collection of his award winning works and other paintings.

David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an extensive knowledge of the biography L.S.Lowry. Signed limited edition prints and drawings can be seen and purchased from this website.

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