L. S. Lowry – a Visionary Artist

Michael Howard MA (Courtauld) BA (Hons) FRSA

L.S. Lowry is one of Britain’s most popular artists – yet his very familiarity has hindered a proper understanding of his extraordinary life and work. He painted not only the mill towns and cities of the industrial north-west for which he is so famous but also many soulful landscapes and masterly seascapes which are, perhaps, his most powerful works. He is one of the great painters of the human condition, and his work parallels the achievement of T.S. Eliot and Van Gogh.

Can such claims be justified? Come and judge for yourself!

Michael is Programme Leader of the MA in Visual Culture at School of Contemporary Art History at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he teaches both academic and studio-based students. He is also President of Bolton NADFAS and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As well as being an art historian, he is a practising painter, printmaker and ceramicist.

Michael’s has published many books, including: L. S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist, Van Gogh, Monet and Cézanne.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy and represented the U.K. at the 2006 Varna Art Biennale.

Industrial Scene (detail), 1953.  (Photograph by Michael Howard.)
Industrial Scene (detail), 1953. (Photograph by Michael Howard.)