Observation is of prime importance to Jason Bowyer’s work. His paintings develop out of his drawings. There is a constant considered figurative/abstract interplay, a desire to find the essence of his motif whether the subject is an industrial interior or single flower.
Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse alongside personal Artist Hero’s - Kurt Schwitters, Alexander Calder, Kathie Kollwitz , Joan Eardley and Sam Rabin has been an inspiration to him.
The best advise he received on Drawing and Painting came from two very fine painters and draughtsman.
Tony Eyton "Keep going back to your subject….boy"
William Bowyer after looking at his work "That's alright, do another one"
A constant motivator for his creative work is the ironic Samuel Beckett quote “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Thumbnail sketches that develop into small paintings or mixed media ink and pastel studies start the creative charge. A finished large painting can take up to five years to make but then be re-painted and finished in an hour. His paintings are made on location an emotional, visceral response, ideas of light and tension that are then fused together in the studio to make a whole.
1957 Born in Chiswick, London on 4 March
1975 to 82 Chiswick School, Camberwell School of Art, Royal Academy Schools.
1982 to 2000 Lecturer at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham; Metropolitan University, John Cass.BA Hons; University of Westminster. Foundation
Established studio at London Museum of Water and Steam.
1991 to 2008 Member of the New English Art Club Executive Committee
1993 Founded the New English Art Club Drawing School 1993.
2008 to 2011 President New English Art Club
2013 Official War Artist. REME. Camp Bastian Afghanistan 2013.
2007 Member of the New English Art Club Drawing School Committee.
2008 Elected President of the New English Art Club.
2015 Prince of Wales Drawing Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2003 The Changing Faces Award, Royal Society of Portrait Painters
1999 The Critics Choice, 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 Greenshield Award
1979 Camberwell School of Art painting prize
2016 Lynn Painter Stainers, Mall Galleries
2015 "Small Self" co-curated and Exhibited, Hogarth House
2015 From Drawing to Painting Lecture - Hard Held, Heatherly School of Fine Ar (Solo Exhibition)
2014 Hard Held, War Artist Exhibition and Lecture, Ashmolean Museum.
2011 Championship Artist, Wimbledon Exhibition in Members Clubhouse
1998- Resident Artist with on-going exhibition, London Museum of Water and Steam.
1986 A years residency at Fulham Football Club, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
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, BBC 1, Painting Walberswick Harbour