Alan Lowndes (1921-1978) is known mainly as a painter of the industrial north, and like LS Lowry, his work has a simplistic style and presents a nostalgic view of the urban north. He was largely self-taught, although he did study painting in evening classes at Stockport College after serving in the army during the Second World War. He is today regarded as one of the most important painters within the twentieth century Northern School.
Lowndes began to work in St Ives during the 1950’s, and settled there for 10 years in 1959 before moving to Gloucestershire. However he periodically returned to Stockport to paint.