Comedian, Griff Rhys Jones OBE, to open the Pastel Society 2021

Try not to miss tonight’s official online opening of the Pastel Society 2021 exhibition. Join Griff Rhys Jones OBE at 5pm on Mall Galleries website.

I hope you can make it and hopefully get a chance to see my work via the virtual exhibition #pastelsociety #mallgalleries

#gavinbowyerportraitartist #pastelsociety #paoty #societyofgraphicfineartists #rsportraitartists #mallgalleries

Submission Preparation for Portrait Artist of the Year, 2021

Another steady 5 hour shift today bringing me closer to completion. More tonal tweaking on this life sized portrait of this chap. Hopefully a Friday’s #paoty deadline will be met in good time.

Studio 6 drawing board work

#paoty #pastelsociety #rsportraitpainters #societyofgraphicfineart #blackandwhiteart #portraiture #drawing

A bit of pencil detailing
Nearing completion

Virtual Solo Artist Exhibition, The Foxlowe Cafe Gallery, Stockwell Street, Leek



The Show Must Go On!

Browse the full exhibition online from the comfort and safety of home and contact me or 07592 779968 to buy works, order art prints, commission a portrait or book art tuition appointments. All at the click of a button.

Visitors can be confident of seeing the joy of mark-making and unpicking of the perceptual experience. Featuring works created in acrylic, pencil and graphite which illustrate the ephemeral fragile natural world, and capture vivid poignant pictures in a realistic format.

Scroll through the gallery, explore the exhibition and buy art today.

‘…Until Something Unexpected Happens’

Framed Pencil and Graphite 65 x 52 cm 2020


Currently Exhibiting in The Pastel Society 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021, Mall Galleries, London

Evanescent I

Unframed Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 60 cm 2019


Pretence of Wisdom

Framed Pencil and Graphite 69 x 46 cm 2020


‘H’ the Hare

Framed Pencil and Graphite 53 x 43 cm 2018


Banks of England

Framed Limited Edition Print 45.5 x 35.5 cm 2019


Gambaru – 11.03.11

Unframed Canvas Print 60 x 40 cm 2018


Emerging Stag

Framed Limited Edition Print 45.5 x 35.5 cm 2018


‘The Man Who Beat the Man’

Framed Pencil and Graphite 25.5 x 25.5 cm 2018


Another Among the Refuse

Framed Pencil and Graphite 56 x 46 cm 2019



Framed Pencil and Graphite 23 x 18.5 cm 2018



Framed Limited Edition Print 45.5 x 35.5 cm 2019


Bellman Bill

Framed Pencil and Graphite 64 x 46 cm 2020


Kindly Donated by Bill Lomas Leek Town Crier

Relative Quiescent

Framed Pencil and Graphite 54 x 44 cm 2018



Framed Pencil and Graphite 68 x 53 cm 2020



Unframed Acrylic on Canvas 40 x 30 cm 2018


Exhibition Enquiries Contact 07592 779968 07715338099 01538 386112

The Foxlowe Cafe Exhibition looks forward to opening the exhibition in the gallery once the current restrictions allow.

#blackandwhiteart #grisailleart #rsportraitpainters #pastelsociety #SGFA #societyofgraphicfineart #mallgalleries #Drawing #art #contemporarydrawing #artsociety #fineart #leekopenstudios #bullcloughartschool #leekartstrail #guildhallgallerystafford #portraitdrawing #openstudios #leekstaffordshire #pencilportraits #pencildrawings #wildlifeart #realisticdrawing #familyart #artprints #artcommissions #drawingtuition #arttuition #artworkshops

Foxlowe Virtual Exhibition

The Drawing Room is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm



15 black and white paintings and drawings facing up to unexpected moments

The Drawing Room, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6AD

Visit the full exhibition from the comfort of a cafe seat. Over the next two months I will be completing drawing and painting demonstrations Book a table and watch me develop my latest portrait. Stay posted and find out when. Alternatively, you can visit me in Studio 6 to discuss artwork purchase, portrait commissions (human, animal or both), workshop bookings, 1-2-1 tuition, homeschooling or therapeutic art sessions.

Featuring works created in oils, acrylic, pencil and graphite which illustrate the ephemeral fragile natural world, and capture vivid poignant pictures in a realistic format. I naturally gravitate to ordinary people or wildlife finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances or vice versa. Much of my pleasure is in the process. In a world where colour reigns supreme, simplifying the artwork by restricting the colour scheme to a classic black and white palette gives your eye a place to rest and a break from saturated colour. Visitors can be confident of seeing the joy of mark-making and unpicking the perceptual experience.

The Foxlowe Cafe Staff and I look forward to your visit. Remember to follow current restrictions.

Mall Galleries Exhibition Update

Sadly, I received this email from Alistair Redgrift, Exhibitions Manager from Mall Galleries/Federation of British Artists with regard to the Pastel Society 122nd Annual Exhibition.

‘Dear Exhibitor,

I’m writing on behalf of Mall Galleries with an important update regarding The Pastel Society’s 122nd AnnualExhibition. Following the latest lockdown, it is with regret that the physical exhibition will be postponed.

Online Exhibition

However, the show continues online, where works remain for sale, and where we will announce this year’s prize winners on 27 January:

Physical Exhibition

Please note that we plan to stage the physical exhibition at the gallery in April, subject to government restrictions. With warm regards in the meanwhile,

Alistair Redgrift, Exhibitions Manager

Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD 020 7968 0954

Fingers crossed the physical exhibition will resume in April. In the meantime I would like to invite you to continue to share with people who would enjoy viewing online this incredible exhibition.

@PastelSociety @mallgalleries @mallgalleries

#pastelsociety #paoty #mallgalleries #SGFA #societyofgraphicfineart #portraitdrawing #pencildrawing #portrait #art #portraitartist #blackandwhiteart #fineart #contemporarydrawing #leekstaffordshire #leekopenstudios #leekarttrail #loveleek #drawingtuition #supportlocalartists #leekstaffordshire #drawingtution #artworkshop #arttuition #bullcloughartschool #guildhallgallerystafford