Observation is of prime importance to Jason Bowyer’s work. His paintings develop out of his drawings. There is a constant considered figurative/abstract interplay, a desire to find the essence of his motif whether the subject is an industrial interior a single flower or a seascape.
Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse alongside personal Artist Hero’s – Kurt Schwitters, Alexander Calder, Kathie Kollwitz, Joan Eardley and Sam Rabin have been an inspiration to him. The best advise he received on Drawing and Painting came from two very fine painters and draughtsman. Tony Eyton “Keep going back to your subject….” William Bowyer after looking at his work “That’s alright, do another one”
A constant motivator for his creative work is the ironic Samuel Beckett quote “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Method of Working
Thumbnail sketches that develop into small paintings or mixed media ink and pastel studies start 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. His 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.