L.S. Lowry is a much-loved British painter known for pictures that capture urban life in the industrial north of England during the 1920s.
Born in 1887 in Stretford, Lancashire, Lowry moved to Pendlebury near Manchester where he lived and worked for over 40 years. At first detesting the area, Lowry soon became obsessed by the industrial landscapes and the people. “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.” Lowry’s scenes (such as Coming from the Mill) of coalmines, factories and terraced houses were peopled with his stylised human figures, often referred to as ‘matchstick men’.
During his life, Lowry produced around 1,000 paintings and over 8,000 drawings. The largest collection of his artwork is held by Salford City Council and displayed at The Lowry museum. His influence, reputation and popularity continues to grow.