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Artist Statement

For Alex, painting is a wonderful way of engaging with the beauty and peculiarity of the visible world; whether working on a Landscape, Cityscape, Figure or Still Life there is similar joy in unpicking the perceptual experience. What makes it just so is never to do with an inventory list of things seen, but an experience distilled through eye, mind and feeling. The realisation is that there is nothing more abstract than the visible world, and the hope is to capture something of the visceral experience of place, whether working on a large still life painting in the relative calm of the studio or out in the streets of a foreign city.

Method of Working 

Alex Fowler works predominantly in oils, although he does draw regularly in charcoal or pencil and enjoys experimenting in other mediums, gouache, watercolour, pastel and chalks, remembering the advice of teachers not to get stuck in old habits. In the most part his work is from life but he is not afraid to work from memory, sketches, photographs or a combination of all three. Photographs can be very useful for maintaining some topographical accuracy when working on a landscape away from the subject, but the mood must always be driven by the memory of the experience of being there. He likes to work directly in paint, without too much planning, allowing room for surprises to happen, for the paint to talk back, adjusting the relationships until rightness clicks into place.
 

Biographical Details

1999-2001 Heatherley’s School of Art (2-year Diploma Portrait Painting)
1995-1999 Edinburgh University MA (Hons) History of Art
1994-1995 Chelsea College of Art and Design (Foundation Course)

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2008 Woodhay Gallery Prize (at New English Art Club Open Annual Exhibition)
2008 The Arts Club Prize (at New English Art Club Open Annual Exhibition)
2004 Elected Member of The New English Art Club
2001 The Heatherley’s Prize
2001 New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship

Past Exhibitions

2013 The Russell Gallery, Putney, London
2008- The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
2005-13 ‘The Studio’, Glebe Place, Chelsea, London
2011 Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Kingsclere, Newbury
2009 Browse and Darby, Cork Street, London
2008 Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, Mayfair, London
2005 ‘Young Artists’, Bonhams, Bond Street, London
2005 William Thuillier, Bond Street, London
2003/04 The Cedar House Gallery, Ripley, Surrey