Lowry’s Lamps – Richard Mayson in conversation with Julian Spalding

Artwork Slide
Artwork Slide

Sun, 24 October 3:00pm

“No need to go to London to become a famous painter. You won’t find better lamp-posts there.”

British painter Laurence Stephen Lowry is best known for his depictions of life in busy industrial settings.  A master of observation and composition, he used street furniture, and lamps in particular, to brilliant effect.  Richard Mayson, (brought up in the same village as Lowry) explores some of Lowry’s works, highlighting his use of lamps and street furniture in his handling of configuration, perspective, and colour. Mayson compares Lowry’s treatment of street furniture to the paintings’ real-life source material – Salford and Manchester streets from 1916 to the 1970s – and illustrates how his work evolved.

Julian Spalding is a writer and former Director of Art Galleries for Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield.






Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, S1 2PP

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