Greater Manchester UK



Manchester Local Artists (36)

“Malcolm Rifkind –
the Price of Success”

Egyptian Donkey Ride Salesman
“Egyptian Donkey
Ride Salesman”

"Gambian Drummers at a Wresting Match" by Doug Lowe, Manchester-based local artist
“Gambian Drummers
at a Wresting Match”


"Margaret - Feeling Good"
“Margaret – Feeling Good”


"Margaret in a Storm Calm Study 9"
“Margaret in a Storm
Calm Study 9″

Martine McCutcheon Looking Cute
“Martine McCutcheon
Looking Cute”

Doug Lowe

Doug Lowe, Manchester-based painter and artist
The Artist

Douglas Lowe was born on 15th October 1938
in Krugersdorp, an old gold mining town near Johannesburg in
South Africa.

He describes his father as a mine manager,
a frustrated naturalist and a water colour artist.

He lived on a farm near Swaziland, where
he developed a deep love and understanding of the Bantu.

He says that this experience has coloured
his whole approach to painting. In 1958 he painted his first

Doug says:

“My love of strong colours,
bold forms and contrast stems directly from an Africa whose
people are rich in colour and diversity. It is surely the
strong bright light which demands a reaction.”

Later, trying to make his way as an artist
in London, money ran out and he worked at Foyle’s Book Shop
to make ends meet.

He admits to having virtually abandoned art
for three decades while trying to earn a decent living.

At around age 24 he moved to Manchester and
worked for London publishers, Brown Watson.

Shortly afterwards he met Gwen, (his future
wife), proposed after their third meeting, and they married
about six weeks later in December 1963.

They had four children. The couple set up
their own printed fabrics company which was very successful
for a time.

In 1998, however, the bottom fell out of
the market and he sold the business in 1999.

Doug soon realised that wanted to do something
with his art and painted his first painting for 30 years, a
portrait of his niece.

He knew then that he was ready to begin again
in earnest and did just that.

Working initially from photographs, then
projected images, and later into computer enhanced images, he
produced a series of portraits in a range of original styles,
from the monumental, to impressionistic, expressionistic to

Ultimately, he had developed a uniquely personal
and distinctive style. He describes it thus:

“My real passion is seeing into
and behind the mask of humanity”.

Doug’s own website contains extensive biographical
notes and his portfolio of work. It can be found at:

He can be contacted by email at:




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