One thing about L. S. Lowry’s (1887-1976) technique is his limited palette: black, vermillion, prussian blue, yellow ochre, and white. So, no bright yellow, no bright green, or cobalt blue for a start. Apart from the recognisable drawing and subjects, this limited palette gives his paintings a characteristic color as well. This simplification of technique can help an artist to focus on other aspects of the work.
Because Lowry’s work is instantly recognisable, if an artist is going to be influenced by Lowry then his work is going to look like Lowry’s. However, this does not mean the work will be bad. The work can be very good, though most likely have less value in the market place. (Also reference my commentary Kees van Dongen & Jean-Pierre Cassigneul.)
These two paintings by Harold Riley (1934-) look like Lowry’s. They have a similar style and subject. However, the color looks a bit different because he uses a greater range of colors and in these two paintings, bright yellow is the stand out. Riley was a student and friend of Lowry. Riley also claims that Lowry painted the shoes in the Balloon Seller.
Here are more artists that look a bit like Lowry with similar sentiment elements. Another reason they look related might be just the naive aspect of the work. Also, apart from Riley, who is a bit younger, all these British artists lived through similar times. Although I felt there was a general drop off in the quality of the aesthetic element in these works, and initially preferring the work of Joan Gillcrest, I find the painting by Helen Bradley an interesting case as it has grown on me. Despite Bradley’s painting initially looking clumsy, the sentiment element is so strong that it compensates for this weakness. Maybe this sums up the general quality and appeal of good naive painting.
This is an article posted September 9, 2010 0n onlyoilpainting.com
SIR Alex Ferguson lost out to a Blue when he tried to make his latest signing. The United manager bid £14,000 for a `new’ LS Lowry painting. But life-long City fan and millionaire businesswoman Carole Nash landed the small painting of a curious dog.
The work, started by Lowry – who died in 1976 – but later finished by his friend Harold Riley, sold for £23,000.
It went under the hammer at a dinner and auction at the Lowry Hotel in Salford. The event, attended by 150 £100-a-head guests from industry, showbiz and football, raised £47,000 for Manchester’s New Children’s Hospital Appeal.
Mrs Nash, from Altrincham, who set up a specialist insurance company and sold it for £70m two years ago, said: “I’m a City fan and I can’t let United beat me. “I couldn’t resist the painting – I have five dogs at home.”
The evening, called A Dog’s Dinner, was also promoting a limited-edition book called The Dog, published for the appeal.
Mr Riley said of the Lowry/Riley oil painting: “I went with Lowry one day to Stockport and there was a dog looking out through a fence. Lowry started to paint it. “Some time later, I saw the painting under his brushes in his studio. It was unfinished and he said `you finish it’ – so I did.”
A lithograph of Lowry walking across Swinton Moss by Mr Riley was sold for £16,000.
The appeal aims to raise £20m to provide equipment for diagnosis of children at a new hospital currently being built. It will replace Booth Hall Children’s Hospital and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at Pendlebury.
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