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:: Alan Lowndes

'The Quay'

Pencil sketch for an oil painted in 1957 which is illustrate on page 82 of 'Alan Lowndes' by Jonathan Riley. Verified on reverse by the artist's widow Valerie. Image size 18 x 12

Price code B

'The Surprise Attack'

Pencil sketch for an oil painted in 1970 which is illustrate on page 174 of 'Alan Lowndes' by Jonathan Riley. Verified on reverse by the artist's widow Valerie. Image size 18 x 13 sold

'Pierrot'

Pencil drawing. Verified on reverse ' Alan Lowndes drawing c 1958' by the artist's widow. Image size 28 x 18

Price code B £600

 

 

'The Harbour'

Pencil sketch for an oil painted in 1956, a detail nof which is illustrate on page 83 of 'Alan Lowndes' by Jonathan Riley. Verified on reverse by the artist's widow Valerie. Image size 26 x 41 sold

'Fishing Boat'

Monotype, signed in pencil & dated 1960. Image size 29x42 cms at widest point. Verified by the artist's widow.

Price code B £950

'The Lighthouse, St Ives'

Monotype, signed in pencil. Verified by the artist's widow. Image size 56 x36 cms

Price code B £950

'Two women - study'

Pencil drawing verified & signed by the artist's widow. Image size 25x18 cms

Price code B

 

 

 

Alan Lowndes was born in Stockport 1921. He left school at fifteen and was apprenticed to a decorator where he learned about pigment and lettering. At the end of the war he spent some time in Italy keen to see as much fine art as possible. He was particularly fascinated by the frescoes. He also took an art course in Florence before he returned home. Once back in Stockport he became a textile designer. He also took life drawing classes in the evenings at Stockport College of Art. He began painting full time in the late 40's, mainly working in oils and using a bright palette.

He was taken on at an early stage by the Crane Gallery, Manchester where he had a number of solo shows,later showing at Crane Kalman, London. He also exhibited at the Osborne Gallery, New York; Curlew Gallery, Southport;and a retrospective at Stockport Art Gallery and tour in 1972 plus Crane Kalman 1995. By this time he had a great number of high profile collectors, notably many famous names from the film idustry.

He began to work in St Ives in the early 50's, settling there in 1959. He became a great friend of the late Sir Terry Frost and was very much part of the art circle of that time. His Cornish paintings are eagerly collected but wherever he lived, he continued to paint Stockport subjects. He later moved to Dursley, Gloucestershire. He died in Gloucestershire 1978.

A major exhibition was held at Stockport Municipal Art Gallery in Ferbruary 2010. This coincided with the launch of the long awaited book 'Alan Lowndes' by Jonathan Riley.

Many of the drawings in stock are clearly preliminaries for some of his paintings eg: 'The Surprise Attack' page 174 in Jonathan Riley's book; 'The Quay' page 82; 'Louisa Street, Tiger Bay' page 196, 'Eleanor Street, Tiger Bay' page 197 and several more.

Alan Lowndes work continues to be keenly sought and his prices are rising accordingly. These works on paper have all been verified by Alan's widow, Valerie.

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