As we sat in my mum’s dining room one day having Sunday lunch, Little Miss C suddenly pointed at a Lowry print on the wall and exclaimed “just like Grandma’s shopping bag”. That to me is what sums up Lowry’s individual style so perfectly – the fact that a then two year old could recognise a piece of his work.
As someone born and brought up in the North I find that I really love his industrial and mill scenes in particular and feel like I can really identify with them. A few years ago I was also lucky enough to visit The Lowry gallery in Salford and really enjoyed seeing such a large collection of his work all together.
Seeing as LMC already seemed to have a knack for spotting his work I was really keen to review The Little Lowry when asked to. This book is part of a children’s series by Kate’Art in which each book presents a different artist, their life and works in a child friendly manner.
Whilst I know The Little Lowry is far too old for LMC, I have found the book absolutely fascinating. I have learnt a huge amount about Lowry’s life and why he painted the scenes he did. It’s also interesting to learn and think about the different mediums Lowry used for his work and how he depicts people.
The Little Lowry is wonderful in the way in which it guides children through Lowry’s work. There are also several little exercises for children to complete and to do so they need to really think about Lowry and this art. I’m really impressed with it as a book and to be honest it has totally exceeded my expectations. As an adult who knows very little about art I’d quite happily use this as the start of my quest to understand Lowry’s work better and I’m even quite interested in doing the exercises it contains too. If the other books in the series are as good then they’d make a perfect resource for any child interested in art.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of The Little Lowry for the purposes of this review.