The Loneliness of Lowry shows solitude of Lancashire artist at Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal

By Ben Miller | 17 July 2010
A picture of a painting of a desolate house in the countryside

(Above) LS Lowry, The Empty House (1934)

Exhibition: The Loneliness of Lowry, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, until October 30 2010

LS Lowry is famously quoted as saying that “had I not been lonely, none of my works would have happened.”

This major exhibition, the first for five years outside of Salford’s Lowry Gallery, takes his sense of isolation as a starting point for 50 works in oil and on paper, split into seascapes, landscapes, urban landscapes and portraits from his time painting the mountains of Cumbria and the North-West.

A picture of a painting of a man lying on a wall

Man Lying on a Wall (1957)

Deviating sharply from the industrial scenes Lowry is best associated with, these are pictures of bleak, desolate hills, derelict and empty houses, wastelands and individuals on the fringes of society.

Curator Helen Watson wants to present the artist in a light which will make critics and visitors rethink their perceptions of Lowry. For an artist thought to have made more than 1,000 paintings, the scope for rediscovery always lingers.

Open 10.30am-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission £5.75 (free for under-18s).

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