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This week’s featured artwork, ‘Milly, Harry & Judy’. 18 x 14″, Acrylic on canvas

Me & Alvin Kofi

140 hours of drawing labour concludes my epic adventure with Alvin Kofi. Now he wants to draw me.

The short promotional extended video showcases the drawing stages of my new pencil portrait titled, ‘Portrait Artist, Alvin Kofi’. It’s a 50 x 50 cm pencil drawing which illustrates him in deep contemplation. He is backed by selected images from his portrait work. The work began with email contact with Alvin on 11 January, was concluded after 34 studio sessions and 140 hours at the drawing board, on 16th March 2021. I hope you like it and the cool groove that accompanies it.

Thank you to the incredibly talented portrait artist, Alvin Kofi. Alvin is a portrait artist who I hugely admire. I reached out to Alvin after he deservedly made it to the final of Sky Arts 2020 Portrait Artist of the Year. To my amazement he agreed to take a chance on me and permitted me to complete this extremely challenging work.

We’ve been in regular contact via Instagram in which I posted updates of the portrait progress and throughout Alvin has been active in posting supportive and encouraging comments.

I was relieved to complete the portrait 16/03/21 and promptly contacted Alvin when I was done with collating photos and editing the video. As per usual, Alvin’s response was prompt and generous, “I don’t know what to say Gavin, that’s excellent work and thank you for the video (see above). The detail is extraordinary…”

Through his work Alvin Kofi seeks to enquire, learn and celebrate the traditional notions of African culture. Although a second-generation West Indian who grew up in London, his creative perspective is very much African-centered. “The genius of African art, especially its use of iconography, is how it allows us to understand nature and our relationship to it,” says Kofi. “I feel the African-centered viewpoint has been dismissed, almost lost, and needs to be brought back to prominence – not just in the world of art but also in our debates around philosophy, spirituality and our relationship to our environment.

You can find Alvin’s incredible portraiture,

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10th Anniversary of the Japanese Tsunami

Tamiko Sako by Gavin Bowyer

Ten years ago, one of the most powerful earthquakes on record triggered a devastating tsunami in Japan, killing more than 18,000 people and triggering catastrophic meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This is my portrait of Tamiko Sako, a survivor of that disaster.

‘Gambaru -11.03.11’ by Gavin Bowyer

Gambaru (頑張るstand firm), is a ubiquitous Japanese word which roughly means to slog on tenaciously through tough times. The word Gambaru is often translated to mean “doing one’s best”, but in practice, it means doing more than one’s best.

Fell in love ❤️ with ‘Tamiko’ the minute I saw her ‘thank you’ Gavin Bowyer for allowing me to fully appreciate her. Wendyanne Shapiro

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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

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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

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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.

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