1921 – 1978
Alan Lowndes is one of the most prominent painters associated with the North of England, but has a national, and international, reputation. Sir Terry Frost RA has stated “Lowndes is a greater artist than Lowry”, and the Oscar winning actor and renowned art collector, Charles Laughton, once commented “I have found a Modigliani of the streets”.
Lowndes is known mainly as painter in oils of the industrial north of England in a bright palette and with a distinct style. However, he later became a part of the St Ives group and was influenced by Ben Nicholson and most notably by Frost.
He was born in Stockport, Cheshire, left school at 14 and became apprenticed to a decorator. After several years in the army in World War II, Lowndes studied painting in the evenings at Stockport College, he then started painting full-time in the late-1940’s. Lowndes moved to St Ives in the 1950s, but continued to paint Stockport scenes throughout his career. He passed away in 1978.
Lowndes was represented for many years by the Crane Kalman Gallery. Due to the Gallery’s proximity to the West End, Lowndes became very popular with many leading actors, including Charles Laughton, Albert Finney and Michael Parkinson.
In recent years his reputation has continued to develop, culminating in a new retrospective in 2010 hosted by Stockport Art gallery and Crane Kalman, London and supported by a major book on his life and work by Jonathan Riley.