Berry, Arthur

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Arthur Berry

1925 – 1994

Born in 1925, the author and artist Arthur Berry, who became known (much to his amusement) as “The Lowry of the Potteries”, studied at the Royal College of Art and at the Burslem School of Art.

 

Associated with Colquhoun and MacBryde in his earlier years, he lectured on art at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic and at the Chelsea College of Art. He has exhibited widely including in the Stoke on Trent City Museum and Art Gallery and the Crane Kalman Gallery.

 

Firmly in the tradition of the Northern School and its depiction of a vanishing world, it is the people he finds of greater interest than the landscape around them and his expressive paintings reflect a brutal honesty which nonetheless can be touching.

 

His work hangs in public and private collections including Hanley Municipal, and Newcastle Galleries as well as Keele University. A major retrospective was held at Stoke in 1995. In 2015 he was given a joint public exhibition with L S Lowry at Stoke Museum.