Alan Lowndes


Alan Lowndes came from Stockport near Manchester, where his paintings depicted everyday street scenes and life in a similar way to Lowry's pictures of Salford. After several years in the army in World War II, Lowndes studied painting in the evenings at Stockport College. He started painting full-time in the late 1940s. His father once famously offered to pay his fare to go to Alderley Edge so he could 'paint some nicer scenery' than that which he was painting around Stockport.


In 1959 Lowndes moved to Cornwall, later working from Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. Here the works of Alfred Wallis seem to have made an impression on him and inspired him to paint some of his best work, of harbour subjects and street scenes around St Ives.


He had a number of one man shows at The Crane Kalman Gallery in Manchester, as well as showing at Crane Kalman, London. He had a solo exhibition at the Osborn Gallery, New York 1964 and a Retrospective at Penwith Gallery in 1979.