Theo Major Walking on Fire’

Theo was an extraordinary man and an extraordinary artist. He was born in Wigan in 1908 and he spent his early life in the town before moving to Appley Bridge in 1950 where he lived and painted until his death in 1999. He based his own life and art on that of William Blake and Van Gogh, though his work is uniquely his own. He painted because he loved people and loved life. L.S. Lowry believed Theo to be a better painter than himself and Theo agreed. Unlike Lowry, Theo refused to commit himself to a London-based gallery, determined to remain true to his northern roots and so he never attained the fame that he so richly deserved.
Share with us this opportunity to be part of the rediscovery of the artist Theodore (‘Theo’) Major - perhaps Britain’s last great forgotten painter.
Michael is the author of L.S. Lowry, A Visionary Artist and is writing a 2-volume study of Theo Major due to be published later this year.

Booking Essential
Places are limited so please book by phoning 01942 828128 or emailing

Date and time

Thursday 1st October, 2020

1:00pm to 2:00pm


Museum of Wigan Life

Library Street



Pricing info

£3.00 including tea/coffee Booking essential

How to get there


Talks Wheelchair access

Thu 1st Oct, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Theo Major Walking on Fire’

Museum of Wigan Life