L. S. Lowry Biography
Birthday: November 1, 1887 (Scorpio)
Born In: Stretford, Lancashire, England
Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist famous for his urban industrial landscape paintings. As a child, Lowry was fond of drawing but did not get much encouragement from his parents. After leaving school, he started attending evening art classes and continued doing so for twenty years. During the day, he worked as a rent collector for the ‘Pall Mall Property’ where he worked till he retired. He chose not to talk about his regular job as he was afraid he might not be seen as a serious artist. Lowry’s body of work is like a social documentary reflecting the British society during the industrial revolution. It comprises of bleak and grey industrial landscapes with smoke coming out of factories and mills, and figures going about their daily life. He used oil paints without any medium and utilized only five colors. Flake white was used for most of his backgrounds, while the landscapes and the figures were painted in vermillion, yellow ochre, ivory black and Prussian blue. Critics vary in their assessment of L.S. Lowry. Nevertheless, he influenced the British art scene tremendously; the public loves him and his paintings are now worth millions of pounds.