Emmanuel Levy was born in Manchester 1900 and studied both in Paris and at the Manchester School of Art. It was at the MSA that he met L. S. Lowry, learning under Adolphe Valette whom he was to later succeed as art master at Manchester University department of architecture.
He Lectured at Manchester and Stockport College of Art during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He also worked for a while as an art critic at the Manchester Evening News. He was versatile and proficient in most materials, though is particularly noted for his work in oils and watercolours.
A much under rated artist in his home region – though his first exhibition was at Manchester City Gallery in 1924 – his reputation has nonetheless prospered nationally. There are two of his works hanging at the National Portrait Gallery and a portrait of Lowry hangs at the Salford art gallery.
Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art, recently purchased a major painting “The crucifixion” by Levy to add to its collection.