L. S. Lowry - Good Friday, Daisy Nook

L. S. Lowry - Good Friday, Daisy Nook (1946) - Oil on canvas 72.5x91.5cm

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.)

Harold Riley - Balloon Seller (1973)

Harold Riley - Balloon Seller (1973) Oil on board 24.6x14.5cm

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.

Harold Riley - The Ritz, Salford (1973)

Harold Riley - The Ritz, Salford (1973) Oil on board 26.7x25.4cm











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.

Joan Gillcrest (1918-2008) - Going Home

Joan Gillcrest (1918-2008) - Going Home Oil on paper 15.5x12cm

Derek Hill (1916-200) - Tory Island Lighthouse, Donegal

Derek Hill (1916-200) - Tory Island Lighthouse, Donegal Oil on canvas 31.8x33cm












Mary Newcomb (1922-2008) - Foaming Water

Mary Newcomb (1922-2008) - Foaming Water 1975 Oil on board 62.2x58.4cm

Helen Bradley - Mother and child on their way to the Wensylian Chapel

Helen Bradley (1900-1979) - Mother and child on their way to the Wensylian Chapel - Oil on canvas-board 44.7x34.3cm













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.
Lowry and Riley - Dog looking through fenceThe 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.


2 Responses to L. S. Lowry and Company

  1. admin says:

    Hi Muriel, Thankyou very much for your information. I’m very sorry about the delay with this reply. I haven’t been able to find any reference to the painting you mention but am keen to see it and will keep an eye out. It is very possibly still in the possession of the Tom Bergin family and will only come to light for the rest of us if the family put it up for sale or want to promote it and exhibit it. Can you tell me is your copy a painting and who executed it, and do you have a photo of it? Regards, Des.

  2. Muriel Lloyd says:

    I wonder if you could tell me if a painting started by Lowry in 1972 and finished by Riley because of Lowry’s ill health has ever come to light? It is of the Salford City Reporter office and shows the paperboys, still in school uniform running out of the offices in Liverpool Street with the Salford City Reporters under their arms? The painting was done by Lowry as a gift for Tom Bergin, editor of the Salford City Reporter, and friend of Lowry, to be given to him on his retirement. Tom had, from memory, six copies of the painting madeto give to people who had helped him keep the SCR alive – I was lucky enough to be one of them, but I would love to be able to see the original painting again if it is being exhibited anywhere.

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