Working during the first half of the twentieth century, both Lowry and Conor turned to the industrial cityscape for inspiration, painting scenes of ordinary people in Manchester and Salford, and Belfast respectively. They captured a rapidly changing way of life as both painters witnessed the passing of the industrial age.
William Conor was born in 1881 and is celebrated for his portrayals of working-class life in Ulster. Scenes of mill girls, courting couples, shipyard workers and queues outside the cinema are sympathetically depicted in watercolours, crayon drawings and oil paintings. Conor was awarded the OBE in 1952 – one of many honours he received for his work.
L.S. Lowry was born in 1887 and is renowned for his paintings of industrial towns in the north of England. Only gaining recognition in his later years, his paintings often depict smoking chimneys, churches, factories, mills and terraced houses, which loom over his distinctive figures as they go about their working lives.
31 May, 6pm
Michael Simpson (Head of Art & Engagement, The Lowry, Salford) on the work of L.S. Lowry