L.S Lowry gallery ‘delighted’ by visitor spike drawn in by commemorative Google Doodle

By Robbie Gill

An L.S Lowry gallery is rejoicing after today’s Google Doodle, which celebrates the Salford painter’s 125th anniversary, has made interest hit a new peak.

Gallerist Matthew Simpson revealed that there has already been an increase in both visitors and interest, with many citing the Google Doodle as the reason.

He said: “It’s his 125thanniversary today and we’re absolutely delighted to be used in the Google Doodle.”

While nothing special has been planned for the occasion, the gallery are fresh from a huge summer exhibition of the artist’s work, and always house an impressive display.

He said: “We were caught on the hop by it but in a lovely way! We’ve been busier than ever today.”

The gallery houses the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry’s work spanning his career; Mr Simpson said that he favours some of his more traditional work.

He said: “Some of my favourite pieces are his seascapes which are the opposite of his bustling work and shows that Lowry was a cracking painter.

“The best thing about him is that his work is so accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

“Anyone who comes to visit will enjoy his work.”

Mr Simpson  revealed plans for a huge celebration of Lowry’s work that will be held in the Tate gallery, with the Lowry’s own display running alongside.

It will be a retrospective look back on his career giving enthusiasts a chance to reassess him, it will also be the first time he has been exhibited in London since the 1980s.

Mr Simpson was excited by the prospect of an increase of interest from younger generations which he hopes will see his legacy live on, with his style and accessibility key to this success.

He said: “We already have thousands of children coming in and they instantly understand his subject matters and love his style.

“Generations of children will be growing up with Lowry – next year is going to be an even bigger year for him.”

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