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MAJOR, THEODORE

1908-1999

Theodore Major was essentially self-taught as an artist. Born in humble circumstances in Wigan, Lancashire, settling there from 1950 with his painter wife, Kathleen at Appley Bridge. He attended the local art school between 1927-1932, and taught there between 1930-1950.

Theodore bought the house next door to where he lived for his studio in Appley Bridge and turned a small front bedroom, with a good light into his studio. This house was also turned into a gallery and the general public were welcome to view his paintings free of charge.

Theodore Major was against materialism, the commercial gallery system and the sale of his pictures to rich collectors. When he did sell, they were mostly small oils on board measuring 10”x12”.

He retained around 3000 of his paintings, which he said were painted for ordinary people, not money. He hated the commercial art world and disliked dealers selling his work.

Art critic and novelist John Berger called Theodore Major's pieces "among the best English paintings of our time". He painted in a wide range of styles "to disturb and extend consciousness in the mind of the viewer".

Theodore Major became noted for depictions of Wigan factories scenes, monsters, lonely seascapes, flowing nudes and monsters of war.

Theodore shared exhibitions with his close contemporary and fellow artist LS Lowry. Theodore was a member of the Manchester Group, along with Lowry, exhibiting at the Mid-Day Studios founded and run by Margo Ingham.

He was president of the Wigan Art Club which he founded in 1952. He exhibited in Nottingham, Bolton, Manchester and had Arts Council sponsored solo exhibitions at Carlisle and Blackburn Art Galleries and in 1984 at Salford Art Gallery which holds his work. Theodore also drew cartoons for the Daily Mail.

His paintings are now being discovered and admired by art collectors, particularly his vibrant flower pieces and his powerful industrial scenes.

Major retrospectives of his work were held at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2003 and Gallery Oldham in 2008.

A new Theodore Major book is currently being produced by Collect Art and written by Michael Howard which will be soon available.

Theodore Major 'The Doctor'

Theodore Major 'The Doctor'

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Theodore Major 'Sun at Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Sun at Wigan'

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Theodore Major, Pink Flowers

Theodore Major, Pink Flowers

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Theodore Major 'Houses in the Snow, Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Houses in the Snow, Wigan'

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Theodore Major 'Works in the Snow'

Theodore Major 'Works in the Snow'

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Theodore Major, Industrial Landscape with Smoke, Wigan

Theodore Major, Industrial Landscape with Smoke, Wigan

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Theodore Major,  Daffodils

Theodore Major, Daffodils

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ARTWORK SOLD

Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape, Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape, Wigan'

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Theodore Major 'Beach Walker'

Theodore Major 'Beach Walker'

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Theodore Major 'Old Man from Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Old Man from Wigan'

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Theodore Major, Man Walking

Theodore Major, Man Walking

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Theodore Major 'Poppies'

Theodore Major 'Poppies'

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Theodore Major 'Rain at Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Rain at Wigan'

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Theodore Major 'The Stairs'

Theodore Major 'The Stairs'

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Theodore Major, Factories at Wigan.

Theodore Major, Factories at Wigan.

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Theodore Major, Meeting Before The Factory

Theodore Major, Meeting Before The Factory

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ARTWORK SOLD

Theodore Major, Lancashire Beach

Theodore Major, Lancashire Beach

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Theodore Major 'Rain and Works'

Theodore Major 'Rain and Works'

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Theodore Major 'Telegraph Poles'

Theodore Major 'Telegraph Poles'

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Theodore Major, Early Morning

Theodore Major, Early Morning

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Theodore Major 'Pink Flowers'

Theodore Major 'Pink Flowers'

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Theodore Major 'Dark Day at Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Dark Day at Wigan'

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ARTWORK SOLD

Theodore Major 'Skeletons in an Industrial Landscape'

Theodore Major 'Skeletons in an Industrial Landscape'

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Theodore Major, Industrial Landscape at Wigan

Theodore Major, Industrial Landscape at Wigan

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Theodore Major, Skeleton with Walking Stick

Theodore Major, Skeleton with Walking Stick

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Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape Under Dark Sky'

Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape Under Dark Sky'

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Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape, Wigan'

Theodore Major 'Industrial Landscape, Wigan'

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ARTWORK SOLD

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