Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 â 23 February 1976) was an English artist. His drawings and paintings mainly depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and Salford and its vicinity. Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures, often referred to as "matchstick men". He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits, and the unpublished "marionette" works, which were only found after his death. His use of stylized figures, which cast no shadows, and lack of weather effects in many of his landscapes led critics to label him a naÃ¯ve "Sunday painter".