Jason Bowyer PPNEAC PS RP (1957 - 2019)
Jason Bowyer’s paintings are figurative, but he often tried to find abstract solutions to resolve his visual and conceptual ideas. A continuous process of drawing operated from his sketchbooks. He was often asked about how long a picture took and his answer was “from a blink of an eye to a dream like sequence of several years”.
He responded to the romantic notion of finding beauty in his own time and place and he collected ideas on colour, texture and emotion that would be intuitively woven into his paintings.
Jason Bowyer was born in Chiswick in 1957. He studied Foundation and BA Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art. He then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools. Despite his childhood desire to be centre forward for Fulham, he became a full-time painter and an inspiring teacher but remained a loyal football fan.
Jason was a key figure within the Federation of British Artists, based at Mall Galleries. He was elected as a member of the New English Art Club in 1989, serving as President between 2008 and 2013, joined the Pastel Society in 2004, and became a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2006.
1957 Born in Chiswick, London, on 4 March
1975 to 1982 Chiswick School, Camberwell School of Art, Royal Academy Schools
1982 to 2000 Lecturer at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham; Metropolitan University, John Cass; University of Westminster
Established studio at London Museum of Water and Steam
1989 Elected to the New English Art Club
1991 to 2008 Member of the New English Art Club Executive Committee
1993 Founded the New English Art Club Drawing School
2004 Elected to the Pastel Society
2006 Elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2007 Member of the New English Art Club Drawing School Committee
2008 to 2011 President of the New English Art Club
2013 Official War Artist, REME, Camp Bastian, Afghanistan
Jason painted his last works on Walberswick beach in glorious sunshine just a few days before his untimely death on 17 February 2019.
2015 The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2003 The Changing Faces Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters
1999 The NEAC Critics' Prize, New English Art Club
1992 and 2005 Regional Painting Award, Hunting Group Prize
1987 William Townesend Scholarship, Banff Centre, Canada
1987 Best Painting in Acrylic, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1982 Elizabeth Greenshields Award
1979 Camberwell School of Art Painting Prize
The Touch of the Sea
A Commemorative Exhibition of Suffolk Paintings by Jason Bowyer PPNEAC PS RP
Saturday 30 July to Saturday 6 August 2022, 11am to 5pm
The Heritage Hut, Village Green, Walberswick, Suffolk
The Trustees of the Walberswick Lands Charity, who manage the Heritage Hut on the Village Green, have kindly agreed to an exhibition of Jason's Suffolk paintings.
The exhibition reflects Jason's lifelong passion for this part of the Suffolk coastline, the harbour skies, and the touch of the sea - a place so close to his heart, so intwined in his DNA, that he never tired of painting it.
1988 Starting Drawing, Bloomsbury Press (100,000 copies sold worldwide)
1998- The Artist, Honourary Editor
2000 Art Expert on Watercolour Challenge, Channel 4
2013 Britain and the Sea with David Dimbleby, BBC1, Painting Walberswick Harbour