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Laurence Stephen Lowry
This month we have not been able to locate any local artists and therefore we ask all and sundry to please inform if you know of anyone who might wish to have their art work displayed on the LHL pages? Anything is of interest from pottery to weaving, so just drop us a line anytime!
Our lack of a local persuades us to utilise another format and this month we thought we would publish some art work from one of the ‘greats’, LS. Lowry himself.
Like all art work, the beauty is often in the eye of the beholder but we find ourselves in no doubt that the vast majority of our followers will revel and enjoy some of the snippets of ‘matchstick men’ from one of our truly great Lancastrians.
Please enjoy the pictures.
Lowery - Sliding Gallery
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Acclaimed Padiham lad Daniel Scanlin has taken photographs all over the world.
Initially learning his family trade processing films, selling 35 mm cameras and photographic equipment, his talent and passion took him to Glasgow School of Art to study Fine Art Photography at degree level, coming away with a different point of view of how photography should be looked at, making the transition from seeing banal objects and passing them by to actually looking for them. This eventually became his normal way of seeing and capturing unique snapshots of the world with a similar style to American photographers Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, and the approach taken of British photographers Martin Parr and Rob Bremner.
He was subsequently awarded a First with BA (Hons) in Photographic Media (all on film) at Blackburn College. Never finding the need to move over to digital, and by continuing to choose analogue as his medium the imagery he captures suits the aesthetics of his art and subject matter - gritty and beautifully raw with a depth of field that more accurately represents life and the world he lives in, generally using 120 mm format which allows him to work in a more methodical way, with a tripod and time. No rush, just a thought process - a considered approach that continues to refine from one frame to the next as ideas evolve from research to practice.
His work has featured in several exhibitions throughout the North of England, while he continued to work in the family business which finally ceased trading in early 2020. He has since built a photographic-space named all photographies which is situated in central Burnley, offering a wide range of services such as prints from negative, slides and existing prints, archiving, private tuition, workshops, guidance and advice on anything relating to photography. He has also started to compile comprehensive pieces and bodies of his existing work formed ready for publications, Zines and other platforms.
The progression of his photography has been exposed through national shows, group and solo exhibitions, magazine publications, private commissions and a recent re-issue of his critically acclaimed 'Burnley Loves Bénédictine D.O.M.' book, which has been described as a photographic insight into an unlikely love affair betwixt a French elixir and an industrial town in the North of England.
Ongoing exposure is always welcomed.
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Donald 'Partially-Sighted' Pascoe is, in his own words; "a one-trick polymath".
Born in the mid-70s, out of the social revolution that was Punk, with his first gig at Robinson Street Club, equi-distant between Duke Bar and Daneshouse. A room of fine Friday night folk waited for the star turn to commence, and he was paid "with a big hand of barely concealed suspicion and all the apathy I could drink".
He subsequently performed at a selection of pubs and working mens clubs throughout the North and beyond, often "going down like a turd in a salad", and received a stirling review from the self-appointed King of Clubs Bernard Manning, who said simply; "You need to decide if you're clever OR funny lad, cos they'll not stand for both. Get rid of the Jam Jar spex for starters". He did pay Donald in cash though, which was a first, and subsequently rare occurrence.
His work has been discussed and well alluded to in a disparate selection of media outlets including The Guardian, Village Voice, The Big Issue, The Face, and Radio 4, being considered stock from similar schools as John Cooper Clarke, Atilla the Stockbroker, Phil Evans, and John Hegley, often infusing his political views with acerbic humour and barely concealed cynicism.
Though the 21st Century has seen Pascoe pursue another kind of career ("ie a career"), in Mental Health Services, he still contributes to a series of spoken word projects, and his 'Just Words and That' collection of poetry for performance was very well received. As for his views on the various issues clouding the current political climate, he simply says; "it's all these redundant satirists I feel sorry for".
East European born, East Lancashire bred Tim Gidzki has shown works throughout the world in solo exhibitions or as part of the Turn Left collective, taking in New York Public Library, Gdansk Solidarity Museum, Odessa Steps for Crimean Culture, Glastonbury Festival, etc etc, along the way.
His work consists of bespoke mixed media constructs that focus on specific locally relevant themes that also resonate on a wider scale to reflect shared experience throughout the world, often exploring perceptions of class and diversity.
Pre Covid-restrictions, his most recent exhibition was at 0282 (top floor of Burnley Library), which saw a unique collection of images that colllaged familiar local scenes with a variety of seemingly discordant embellishments based on a series of consultations with residents where they discussed a selection of prevalent themes within the town touching on Brexit, the implications of a Conservative MP, divisions within cultural diversity and the uncertain future of a post-industrial landscape.
Liam Spencer was born in Burnley in 1964. He studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating in 1986. After living and working in Manchester for many years, he came to public attention in 2000, with an exhibition “Urban Panoramas” at the newly opened Lowry arts centre in Salford. In 2006 he exhibited “From Manchester to Shanghai” at Manchester Art Gallery, and was the subject of a 30 minute documentary on BBC NW, “A Picture of Manchester.”
“Thawing Snow, Match Day” 2015 Oil on Board 24x36 ins
My hometown of Burnley on the day of a football match. Crowds are starting to head towards the ground, many visiting the chip shop on the right of the painting en route. It’s winter and it’s been snowing. The sun has now appeared and is reflecting off the parked cars and the slate roofs and the streets are glistening with melting snow. Light, colour and reflections – characteristic of a lot of my work.
Of all the famous old Lancashire football clubs - the current incarnation of Lancashire that is - Burnley are the only team currently playing at the highest level - The Premier League. A small team from a small town with a small budget, defying the odds through shrewd stewardship and a truly remarkable manager in Sean Dyche. It’s a modern-day football fairy tale.
Odeon and Oxford Street 2004
Oil on Board
Here's a painting of the old Odeon cinema in central Manchester.. It's a very typical subject for me. A city at night. Manchester in the rain. Lights reflected off wet streets. Sadly the cinema is no more. One of the victims of a huge transformation of the city centre, as a recently low level metropolis begins to reach for the sky.