Laurence Stephen Lowry (died 1976 aged 88) – Famous for painting industrial scenes with people like "matchstick men" with no shadows and no weather effects. He worked with only five colours
(Pronounced lawr-uhns stee-vuhn low-ree)
L. S. Lowry - Landscapes lousy
Critics say that his landscapes were lousy (L. S. Lowry) but just because they were of industrial scenes didn't mean you couldn't love them.
To remember the L. S. stands for Laurence Stephen think:
A lot of ants (Laurence) as the people in the scene and much of the industrial buildings he painted were involved in steel (Steve/Stephen).
Lowry worked as a rent collector and found the time to paint while going to art college in the evenings, looking after his mother and painting until late at night.
He studied at the art college under a French impressionist and this had a massive impact on his art. The motif he used most was depicting modern life in an urban landscape.
Going to Work, 1943.
Nobody before had created: Modern life in an urban landscape