09 May 2014 – The punter who found a Lowry hidden for 12-years and flogged it for £340,000 proves there’s value in grim grey and miserable matchstick men, cats and dogs.
Depressing though most of L.S Lowry‘s work is, it does capture the mood of the industrial north in the mid-twentieth century (or thereabouts), and while we’re not quite sure whether the phrase ‘it’s grim up north’ was coined on the back of his most famous Salford scenes, they don’t exactly warm your cockles.
But who needs warmth when honesty is what you are after? In Keeley Wynn’s 2013 Lowry-inspired look at inner city London ironically entitled Nowry, grim and depressing is the order of the day. With heads down, backs arched and grey skies in evidence she pays homage to the great man.
The recently discovered piece is called A Street scene near a factory and with its six-figure reserve price was nabbed by a mystery buyer. Wynn’s offering, a scene of Farringdon in central London, is by contrast catalogued at under £500. Lowry’s most expensive piece also a London scene of Piccadilly Circus sold for £5.6million at auction in 2011. How accurate either artists impressions of the scenes they’ve observed is left to the viewer to judge, but both work in their unique but obviously similar way.
Wynn’s Nowry is available to buy via the Guerilla Galleries catalogue and if you want a Lowry check up in the loft and rummage through your grandmother’s old suitcase, there is after all value to be found in the miserable.