A display of the artist's lesser-known seascape paintings go on display in Hastings.

L.S Lowry is famed for his depictions of urban life in northern England, but he also devoted a significant part of his career to the sea. He loved its drama – 'how wonderful it is, yet how terrible it is... it's all there... the battle of life' – which he sought to capture in his painting.

In this series of works the sea appears in many forms – littered with boats or empty and vast, the backdrop to a scene or stretching the limits of the canvas. Lowry felt so deeply connected to the ocean, he even chose it for an abstract self-portrait; it features a standalone pillar surrounded by swirling waters.

Lowry once said: 'I wonder what would happen if the tide didn’t turn, and the sea came on and on and on and on. What would the place be like, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to see it?'.

Hastings Contemporary

Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

01424 728377


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