centerlogobigAAD logo


I can’t think what you want to go to London for, you won’t find any better lamp posts there…” L S Lowry used to tell young artists who asked his career advice. When Lowry came to public attention in the 1950s and 1960s, he was often photographed with a street lamp in the background. It was a symbol of the streets that, as a rent collector in Salford and Manchester, he had traipsed around for over half a century, and privately captured in paint.

Of his stylised figures, his so-called “matchstick men”, Lowry said himself that “they are symbols of my mood, they are myself. Natural figures would have broken the spell of my vision, so I made them half unreal; had I drawn them as they are it would not have looked like a vision.”

Read more on The Telegraph:

0D052EEB 0797 4590 95FB 78912BE2B877 

 You may also like to read:

LS Lowry: Lost painting to go on sale after 70 years 

Old Master Sleeper Soars in Boston

East London artist

About the Author



AAD REPORTS   Reports, news and opinion from