Alan Lowndes 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 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