L. S. Lowry
L. S. Lowry (1887 - 1976)
English painter. Born in Manchester, he studied intermittently at art schools in Manchester and Salford 1905–25 before making his home at the latter. His works, painted in parallel to a career as a clerk, record the industrial north in a faux-naive style with flat buildings and stylized black figures against whitish backgrounds. At his best (The Bandstand; Peel Park, 1931; York, AG) he captured daily life with some charm but often, particularly in later years, he was simply painting to a formula. His work is extremely popular.