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LS Lowry given new lease of life by Copley Prize-winning 7-year-old

An original work by LS Lowry has been given a revival by an artistic seven-year-old boy.

Thomas Smith’s interpretation of Lowry’s ‘A Hillside (1967–8)’ goes on display at The Lowry in Salford Quays today.

Thomas was picked as the winner of the 2016 Copley Prize, an annual competition for schoolchildren age 4-11 to produce paintings or drawings inspired by the famous artist’s work.

And while the setting for the Lowry work remains a mystery, Thomas said a family sledging trip up Rivington Pike in Bolton was the inspiration for his work.

The work has been titled ‘A Busier Hillside (2016)’.

'A Hillside 1967-8' - LS Lowry

‘A Hillside 1967-8’ – LS Lowry

'A Busier Hillside (2016)' - Thomas Smith

‘A Busier Hillside (2016)’ – Thomas Smith

Thomas was chosen as this year’s winner by Noel and Alison Copley, who founded the competition, along with the curator of the LS Lowry Collection, Claire Stewart.

His work will hang in the permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist exhibition at The Lowry for one year.

Commenting on his win, Thomas said: “I was really happy when I found out that my Lowry picture had won. I couldn’t believe it.

“Lowry’s style looks very simple but is really difficult.”

LS Lowry's work is synonymous with Salford

LS Lowry’s work is synonymous with Salford

“We visited the gallery with my school and I went again with my family so I could show them around – that’s when I found out about the Copley Prize.”

Claire Stewart, curator of The Lowry Collection, said: “The Lowry works with over 500 schools across the North West every year to introduce the world of the arts to young people – The Copley Prize being a great example.

“Thomas’ work is a great interpretation and we are delighted to be able to showcase it to our visitors.”

The Copley Prize is open to all 4-11-year-olds that visit The Lowry Galleries.

In July 2014, The Lowry galleries were renamed The Andrew and Zoë Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre – which is a registered charity.

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