Alan Lowdes (1921 - 1978)

Born in Stockport, Cheshire, Alan Lowndes left school at the age of fourteen to become apprentice to a decorator. Having served in the army during World War II, he began evening classes in painting at Stockport College and by the late 1940s was painting full -time.

Lowndes's first one man exhibition was held at the Crane Gallery in Manchester and he later showed in London at Crane Kalman gallery. Lowndes began visiting St Ives to paint in the early 1950s and moved there in 1959. He eventually settled in Dursley, Gloucestershire, though periodically returned to Stockport to work.

Lowndes's paintings are characterised by their bright palette and depictions of industrial scenes of the north of England.