Jason Bowyer PP NEAC PS RP (1957-2019)
Jason, a key figure within the New English Art Club – Past President and Founder of the NEAC Drawing School. A magnificent painter and inspirational teacher.



“My paintings come from an emotional visceral response, ideas of light and visual tension. I enjoy the craft and conceptual challenge of painting, the process of building layers to create images. My desire is always to find the essence of a subject using the constant element of observation, painting and drawing places and people, trying to follow the path that is my own abstracted vision”.

Jason graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1979, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy Schools in 1982. He has had nine one man exhibitions in London and the South-East. In 2003, he won the Changing Faces Award from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Prince of Wales Portrait Drawing Prize in 2015. Jason is former president of the New English Art Club and founded their School of Drawing in 1993. He is an elected member of the Pastel Society and the Royal Portrait Society.
Jason teaches drawing and painting at his studio, sharing his passion and expertise with dedicated students. His residences have included Fulham Football Club, the Grove Park Music Festival and in the Summer of 2012 he was the Championship Artist at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon. Jason was also an official war artist in Afghanistan for the Royal Electrical Engineers (REME) at Camp Bastion in 2013. A lecture and exhibition followed at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 2014.

“Observation is of prime importance to my work. My paintings develop out of my drawings. There is a constant considered figurative / abstract interplay, a desire to find the essence of my motif whether the subject is an industrial interior or single flower. Thumbnail sketches that develop into small paintings, mixed media, ink and pastel studies.
This starts 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. My 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.”

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