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Graffiti artist’s Lowry tribute celebrates Salford’s past and present

Tony Brady has paid homage to the painter in a mural that sets one of his industrial streets capes against today’s MediaCity skyline.

Salford has come a long way from the industrial scenes that inspired the paintings of LS Lowry.
Now a graffiti artist has paid homage to the painter in a mural that reflects the changing face of the city, celebrating both its heritage and its future.
The work, by Hulme artist Tony Brady, aka Kelzo, conjures up the Salford streetscape of Lowry’s The Fever Van and blends it into the dynamic MediaCity skyline of today.
His tribute features all the hallmarks of Lowry’s work – factory chimneys, terraced houses and matchstick men figures – set against the gleaming modern architecture of Salford Quays.
Brady, 43, said: “It looks simple to replicate but it is one of is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
“I’m really proud of it.”
Brady said he had always admired the artist and his depictions of working-class Salford and Manchester.
“I love his style and the fact he took his ideas and worked with them in such a simplistic way, but so effectively, in a way working class people could really relate to,” he said.
His interest grew when he was commissioned to create a painting for Manchester Art Gallery, where it was exhibited alongside an original Lowry piece.
“To even stand in the same room as a Lowry painting is absolutely amazing but to have one of your own paintings five feet from his was an amazing thing to happen to someone who started out painting on the streets,” he said.
Brady’s mural was commissioned by cafe bar owner Simon Johnson to adorn the wall of Craftbrew, which he has just opened opposite the Lowry art gallery.
Mr Johnson said: “It looks awesome and says exactly what I wanted it to say.
“It is a nice blend from the old Salford to the new.”
Laurence Stephen Lowry was born in Stretford in 1887 and died in Glossop, Derbyshire, in 1976.
His stylised pictures were mostly painted around Pendlebury, where he moved as a child, and Salford.
The Lowry was opened in his honour in 2000, housing around 400 of his paintings and drawings in what is the world’s largest collection of his work.

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About LS Lowry:

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years, and Salford and its surrounding areas.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”. He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only found after his death.
Because of his use of stylised figures and the lack of weather effects in many of his landscapes he is sometimes characterised as a naïve “Sunday painter”, although this is not the position of the galleries that have organised retrospectives of his works.
A large collection of Lowry’s work is on permanent public display in a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays named the Lowry. Lowry rejected five honours during his life – including a knighthood in 1968 and consequently holds the record for the most rejected British honours.
On 26 June 2013 a major retrospective opened at the Tate Britain in London, his first at the Tate.

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