L.S. Lowry, The Lowry Collection
Laurence Stephen Lowry has long been one of Britain’s most popular artists. He is best known for his industrial landscapes and crowd scenes but they were only one facet of his broader vision, which included evocative seascapes, rural landscapes and imagined portraits.
For a much-imitated artist so apparently familiar to us, Lowry’s life and career remain full of surprises. As the world’s largest collection of paintings and drawings by the artist, including photographs, press cuttings and exhibition catalogues related to his work, The Lowry Collection provides the broadest context in which to look at his life, work and career afresh. Here, curator Claire H. Stewart tells Lowry’s story through a selection of highlights from the Collection, which is housed in the landmark multi- disciplinary arts centre that bears his name.
Claire H. Stewart studied History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and went on to complete a postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester. She has been Curator of The Lowry Collection at The Lowry in Salford since 2007, where her exhibitions have included Lowry and the Pre-Raphaelites and Unseen Lowry. The Lowry provides critical and curatorial analysis of Lowry’s work within the context of Modern British art. Claire previously worked as Senior Exhibitions Officer at National Museums Liverpool and as Keeper of Art at Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museums. She began her career at National Galleries of Scotland.