The Lowry in Salford will, on Saturday (16 October), open the doors on its first exhibition since re-opening following the COVID lockdown.

Jock McFadyen Goes to The Lowry: An exhibition 45 years in the making is a major retrospective of the Scottish artist’s work and will run until Sun 27 February 2022.

Bringing together a range of works from throughout the artist’s life, the collection highlights McFadyen’s passion for painting the overlooked margins of the modern city and its inhabitants as well as huge panoramic views of the natural world.

McFadyen has also chosen a number of works from The Lowry Collection to feature in the exhibition alongside his own work, prompting surprising visual connections and placing LS Lowry alongside contemporary urban landscapes.

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Jock knows Lowry’s work intimately, and like Lowry, he has been fascinated by the people and streets often ignored by other artists.

“His work also captures the emotional force of monumentally empty landscapes – which makes this show a powerful experience and we’re thrilled to be opening it for visitors to enjoy this autumn.”

Jock McFadyen said: “I paint places and people – as did Lowry. To have the opportunity to exhibit my pictures alongside his in a gallery dedicated to his work is the thrill of my career.”

The Lowry’s galleries are open: Tuesday-Friday (11am-5pm) and Saturday-Sunday (10am-5pm). Admittance is free, donations are welcome.

McFadyen was born in Paisley in 1950 and moved to England aged 15 in 1966. His work is held in 40 public museum collections including Tate Gallery, The National Gallery, The V&A and The British Museum.

He was elected to The Royal Academy in 2012 and in 2019 he was chief curator of that year’s Summer Exhibition. McFadyen lives and works in London, Edinburgh and France.


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