This Saturday we had a family outing to the Lowry exhibition at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. It was a really great opportunity to the work of this influential artist gathered together in one location. Most people are familiar with his industrial landscapes and so-called “Matchstick Men and Matchstick Cats and Dogs”, but may not be so aware of his other work. This collection brings together diverse images, from sketches to monochrome landscapes and is well worth visiting before it finishes on Sunday 5th February. The body of work is amazing, not just for it’s artistic merit, but as a historical record of life in the Industrial North West. That he achieved all this is made all the more impressive, given that art was in fact a part-time job for Lowry, as to make ends meet he worked as both a rent collector and a office clerk, and for many years Lowry was the sole carer for his ill mother. So perseverance and dedication were as important then as they are now. The image below shows one of his more typical pieces – well worth a visit to see it up close before the exhibition finishes.