Alan Lowndes

The Jackpot
Oil on board
Signed and dated '1967' (lower left), further inscribed with title (verso)
24 x 20 ins
With Crane Kalman Gallery, London, where purchased by Mr Rees-Davies, December 1967

Coming from a typically Northern working class background, Lowndes would have been wholly familiar with the kind of scene that appears before us in The Jackpot, three men, flat caps on, huddled around the slot machine in the local. Lowndes himself would spend hours in public houses. Amongst the many hours he spent drinking would have been many hours of observation, resulting in his exquisite ability to capture a scene such as this, simple and direct, with humility and wit.

The Jackpot was painted whilst Lowndes was living down in Halestown near St Ives. The Lowndes's had moved down to Cornwall in the early sixties, first to St Ives, then to Halestown to obtain more space for their growing family. Despite being in close proximity to such illustrious exponents of British abstraction down in St Ives such as 'King Ben and Queen Barbara', as he once referred to them, it is a testament to Lowndes's authentic vision that he did not feel the need to radically alter his art. He still painted as he always had done, often referencing northern life and city scapes.


Alan Lowndes | The Jackpot