There’s a very good – if not at first read through, somewhat implausible-sounding – reason that Sean Durkin’s brand new Spring 2018 original piece entitled ‘Street Life’ (like the majority of the acclaimed contemporary urban landscape artist’s back catalogue) seemingly pays illustrative homage to a certain L. S Lowry. And here’s why. Back in 1972 – when Sean was just 8-years old – his father, John made the local headlines after half-inching an actual Lowry painting – which depicted both Middlesbrough’s Town Hall and St Hilda’s Church – from the local art gallery. Holding the composition to ransom, John declared that he’d return the picture if and when was allowed to henceforth open on Sundays, so as to allow the ‘working man to get some culture.’ While his other ransom demands included fitting a better alarm system to the gallery and the Lord Mayor raffle his underpants for charity. Understandably, bet met with the sight of a Lowry up close and personal (on the family mantle-piece, albeit briefly) inspired Sean then and there, and the rest as they say is history. Fast forward to here and now and this framed 20” x 20” original painting by the best-selling Durkin could be yours just as soon as you get in touch with us.