A limited edition picture inspired by a true story

Sean Durkin’s limited editions of The Art of the Thief, as in all his work, depicts figures of both a robber and a policeman.

This is in recognition of his father who in 1972, stole a painting from Middlesbrough Art Gallery by renowned Manchester artist LS Lowry.

The painting was of St Hilda’s Church and Middlesbrough’s old Town Hall – and he then demanded the Mayor raffle his underpants for charity to secure the painting’s safe return.

When he was arrested by police after the theft, he had a ransom letter calling for art galleries to be opened on Sundays “to allow the working man to get some culture”.

See Details of The Art of the Thief