Lawrence Isherwood was an English artist, born in Wigan, Lancashire, where he ran the Isherwood gallery. He is widely known for his prolific impressionist/expressionist styles. Isherwood travelled extensively and had over 200 shows, including colleges at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Isherwood was an eccentric, controversial character whose work was uneven , often garish and awkward, but who could occasionally produce a telling image, as seen when a large body of it was included in the Northern art show at the Mall Galleries.
Isherwood was a friend of the artist L. S. Lowry, who purchased his Woman with Black Cat and displayed it at his home. Lowry paid £5 for the picture from Isherwood’s Av Guard exhibition in Manchester. Other known collectors include Prince Charles, who bought one of Isherwood’s seascapes from a sale held at Cambridge University.Read more
John Paddy Carstairs was born in London on the 11th May 1910. The son of comedian Nelson Keys, John later changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name ‘Carstairs’ to enable him to forge his own career in the film industry. John was to become a successful writer, film director, comic novelist and painter. John’s first film as a director came around in 1933, The Thriller Paris Plane, he averaged over a film a year until his last, A weekend with Lulu in 1962. His more notable films were produced with Rank Organisation, five of which, casted with the highly popular comedy actor Norman Wisdom.
Regarding John’s art career, he initially studied at the Slade School of Art and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Leicester Galleries and the Paris Salon. His work can be found in collections at Trinity College Oxford, Redfern Gallery and Walker Galleries.
As well as being a successful film director and painter, Carstairs was the author of over thirty books between 1937 – 1967. After a period of ill health, John passed away on the 12th December 1970.