Author: Gavin Bowyer Fine Art : Portraiture : Design Illustration
Originally a press photographer then an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) at Biddulph High School - winning the Dyson Design & Technology Teacher of the Year, 2006 - but I gave it up to pursue my passion for art. I naturally gravitate to ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances or vice versa, everyday social interactions, portraiture, wildlife or pets.
For more than three decades drawing and photography have played an integral part in my creative practice. During a commission a sketch or hazy photograph maybe the only source material to work from. Whatever artwork I'm constructing really matters and brings pleasure, enjoyment and fulfilment to me. When I'm working, I have a deep level of attachment to the work. and its my passion that makes the real difference. Much of the pleasure is in the process.
You may hear it said that colour is everything, but I say black and white is more. In a world where colour reigns, I love to capture important moments for people, their pets and cherished wildlife with my distinctive black and white figurative imagery. A classic black and white artwork in the home gives the observer's eye a place to rest. Picasso claimed that 'colour weakens' the viewing experience. He believed that black and white paintings and drawings allow you to concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. The benefit of black and white is that you can focus on the image as a whole.
A unique or custom, handmade piece created for you will break from saturated colour and enhance a your home from all other elements. Colour maybe everything but black and white is more! Make an impression and stand out from the crowd. Classic black and white art by artist, Gavin Bowyer.
Alas, like all good things they must pass. 9 months have passed, three exhibitions in London, Trowbridge and Dundee, and a total of 1100 miles travelled since I received the news my pencil portrait drawing of my wife, Jayne, had been selected for the UK’s most important prize for contemporary drawing: the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021.
This distinction is a significant milestone in any artist’s career and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help, support, and encouragement from all my family, friends and followers along the way. I would like to thank the organisers of this incredible open exhibition of drawing. It has been an honour and a pleasure to have my artwork, ‘Moment of Inertia’, to share wall space with such talented drawing artists.
I still wonder how I made it through the selection process. You may recall that 3,300 entries from 1,673 artists and makers, 101 drawings by 89 creatives were selected for the 2021 exhibition. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the UK’s most important annual open exhibition of drawing. Happily, I will soon be reunited with my portrait of Jayne. Returned home to Studio 6 in the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek. If you wish to take a closer look you can contact me, either: 07592 779968 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m so happy to announce that my pencil drawing of my fellow artist and friend, titled, ‘Portrait of Portrait Artist Alvin Kofi’ will be included in the Society of Graphic Fine Art 101st Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. The show will open to the public 17th-21st May, 2022 @mallgalleries
I was honoured to be asked to complete a double pencil portrait commission of their late daughter, Kayleigh, and grandson, Ethan.
The composition includes Kayleigh’s love of butterflies and their beauty. Her parents, Mr & Mrs Weston explained that she loved butterflies so much that she had a tattoo on her neck.
While developing the composition, I also learned that butterflies are not only beautiful, but also have throughout history been considered a mysterious, symbolic and meaningful. Some cultures use butterflies as a metaphor representing spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life.
It is believed the magnificent, yet short life of the butterfly closely mirrors the process of spiritual transformation and serves to remind us that life is short.
I have included the stages of the portrait development. I hope you like it?
Mr Weston shared his thoughts and I was deeply moved. He said, “A beautiful portrait of our truly missed daughter Kayleigh and her son Ethan. Dearly loved mother, daughter and sister. Precious memories. Rest easy Kayleigh xxxx.
Thank you so much Gavin for giving us so much back to us of kayleigh.
I’m so happy to report I’ve been selected for the UK’s most important prize for contemporary drawing: the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Out of 3,300 entries from 1,673 artists and makers, 101 drawings by 89 creatives were selected for the 2021 exhibition. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the UK’s most important annual open exhibition of drawing. I thought you may want to share my good news. This distinction is a significant milestone in any artist’s career and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help, support, and encouragement along the way. To me, this gives huge recognition to anyone and everyone concerned with my artistic development, good or bad. So, I would like to invite you to share with your family, friends and colleagues my latest news. So far, organisers of the exhibition have approached my alumni network, University of Wolverhampton, and Birmingham City University, inviting them to share this news on their own channels (blog, newsletter, social media) and/or circulate my success to their media contacts. I hope you can too. If you can find a moment to like, comment and share, and help spread the word about the TBWDP ‘21 I would be most grateful. Many thanks for your continued support, Gavin