Arthur Delaney was born in 1927. He started to paint as a means of relaxation. There were two great influences in his life, one was the work of L.S. Lowry and the other the memories of the years he spent as a boy in the Manchester of the 1930’s with it’s smoke laden skies, rattling tramcars and gas lamps.
Lowry’s work made him aware of the many special qualities of the north and soon he began producing street scenes and industrial landscapes. Arthur Delaneys’ paintings were not stylised but a true likeness to their location. He set out to capture the atmosphere of the 1930’s and all of his paintings capture the nostalgia of the period.