Jock McFadyen Goes To The Lowry is the first major art exhibition to take place at The Lowry since it reopened following lockdown. The exhibition is running from Saturday 16 October 2021 to Sunday 27 February 2022, and displays paintings by renowned Scottish Artist, Jock McFadyen, whose life’s work has been significantly influenced by artist LS Lowry.
The collection features McFadyen’s paintings from throughout his life as an artist, spanning forty-five years. It highlights McFadyen’s passion and skill for capturing the often unnoticed parts of a modern city, and the people and communities within the cities and towns we inhabit. His work also cleverly encapsulates the wider, all-encompassing views of the natural, scenic world, the spaces that sit on the blurred edges of our periphery. McFadyen’s paintings hone in on some of the specific details that are often missed in daily life.
In tribute to LS Lowry, McFadyen has placed a number of works from The Lowry Collection alongside his own pictures. Visitors will be both surprised and delighted by the stunning visual connections between Lowry’s paintings and McFadyen’s thoughtful and artistic take on the urban landscapes of the present day.
On the exhibition, 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.”
McFadyen was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1950. He moved to England in 1966, aged fifteen. He was elected to The Royal Academy in 2012 and in 2019 he was chief curator of that year’s Summer Exhibition. He has paintings held in forty public museum collections. These include The Tate Gallery, The National Gallery, The V&A, The British Museum and The Scottish Museum of Modern Art, alongside a number of corporate and private collections in the UK and abroad.