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Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Barrett Street, Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years at 117 Station Road (B5231), opposite St. Mark's RC Church.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of Northern England during the early 20th century.
He had a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban
landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick
men". He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding
portraits, and the secret 'marionette' works (the latter only found
after his death).
Death and legacy
He died of pneumonia at the Woods Hospital in Glossop, Derbyshire on 23 February 1976 aged 88. He was buried in Chorlton's Southern Cemetery in Manchester,
next to his parents. He left his estate, valued at £298,459, together
with a considerable number of artworks by himself and others to Carol
Ann Lowry, who, in 2001, obtained trademark protection of the artist's
Lowry left a cultural legacy, with his works often selling for
millions of pounds and even inspiring other works of art. The Lowry in Salford Quays
was opened in 2000 and cost £106M; as well as being named after L. S.
Lowry, the 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft) gallery houses 55
paintings and 278 drawings by the artist – the world's largest
collection of his work – with up to 100 on display. In January 2005, a statue of Lowry was unveiled in Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire. Lowry lived 100 yards away from where the statue stands in a linked detached property, "The Elms", in Stalybridge
Road from 1948 up until his death in 1976. Unfortunately this has
become a target for local vandals with the statue being vandalised
several times since being unveiled. In 2006 the Lowry Centre in Salford hosted a contemporary dance performance inspired by the works of Lowry.