Recent Works by David Fowles1. Oct - 30. Oct 11 / ended Weston Park Granary Art Gallery
Daily 11.00am to 4.00pm
RECENT WORKS BY DAVID FOWLES
“What interests me is the transient, the changing light, the freshness of nature, so all my landscapes are painted outdoors, before the actual motif, rather than from photographs. Not surprisingly I have been influenced and inspired by authors who also felt that a direct experience of nature was essential to their art - Corot, the Impressionists and Constable.
The landscape of Shropshire is obviously important to me but recently I have also worked in North Wales and along the North Norfolk coast, and over the next year it is my intention to explore other landscapes in the UK. All my paintings are oil on canvas.”
David Fowles was born in 1949 in the Shropshire village of Atcham, besides the banks of the River Severn. Leaving Shropshire, he read theology at the University of Bangor and then went into teaching, a career that he pursued until 2005 when he made the decision to paint full time.
Having been born so close to the River Severn, it is perhaps unsurprising that the river has been a great inspiration to him in his art and David himself says:
"The River Severn plays an important role as an attachment to my childhood memories. Recapturing the views and atmosphere of the countryside is my inspiration,".
David paints in oils, with a loose brushwork which gives a sense of movement to his works inspired by the impressionistic style of Alfred Sisley. Painting from life, David is regularly to be found with brush and easel to hand in the open air, from which he manages to harness some of the atmosphere which makes his work so distinctive. He comments: "As natural light is unique to the outdoors, painting in the studio produces different tones of light...A landscape must be painted before the motif; the flux, movement changes are what landscape painting is all about. I paint what I see, as I believe that the beauty of nature is enough and does not need to be embellished."
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