Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 - 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Barrett Street, Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salfordnd surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years at 117 Station Road (B5231), opposite St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of Northern England during the early 20th century. He had 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 secret 'marionette' works, the latter 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 naive 'Sunday painter' although this is not the position of the galleries that have organised retrospectives of his works.