Work by artist LS Lowry goes on show in Berwick

Original paintings of Berwick by LS Lowry go on show in the town today

Self portrait - The Lowry Collection, Salford
Self portrait - The Lowry Collection, Salford

Depicting a Northumberland border town with loving stokes, paintings by a famous artist are to be displayed there for the first time.

Works by Laurence Stephen Lowry, including paintings he did of Berwick in Northumberland while visiting, go on display in the town today, the first time a collection of the art he produced in the community has gone on show there.

Lowry is famous for his industrial scenes of the North of England.

He loved the North East and was a regular visitor to the region from the 1930s onwards.

During this period Lowry spent time in Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle and on the North East coast, with his first recorded visit to Berwick in 1936.

Dewars Lane - Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery
Dewars Lane - Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery

He was particularly fond of the town, depicting its narrow streets, lanes and Georgian buildings many times over the years.

Lowry also included paintings from Berwick in his first solo exhibition in London and even contemplated buying a house in the town.

L.S. Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland opens at The Granary Gallery today and will run until September 21.

Berwick Visual Arts worked closely with The Lowry in Salford to secure loans of over 20 works for the exhibition, alongside works loaned by The Lowry Estate and Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition celebrates the artist’s connections to the town and the wider North East.

It brings together a number of original works produced by Lowry during his time in Berwick, including Dewar’s Lane - a painting of the street on which the Granary sits, a football match on the Stanks and Spittal Sands.

Spittal Sands by Lowry
Spittal Sands by Lowry

Also on display will be a 1935 painting of Berwick Market Place and High Street featuring the Town Hall and Lowry’s trademark ‘matchstick’ figures.

The work was recently sold at auction by Sotheby’s but has been loaned for the exhibition, with town company Simpsons Malt’s sponsorship enabling it to travel to Berwick.

The paintings will be accompanied by further works produced in Northumberland including Blyth and Bamburgh, the wider North East and also works exploring his fascination with the sea.

James Lowther, head of visual art for Berwick Visual Arts, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring a number of original works produced by Lowry of Berwick to the town for the first time and celebrate his strong connections to the town.

“This is certain to be one of our most popular exhibitions to date and certainly helps us achieve our aim of bringing the best modern and contemporary art to Northumberland.”

The gallery is on the second floor of Berwick YHA. The exhibition is open from 11am to 5pm every Wednesday to Sunday with admission free.


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