Peter Bowen Art and Ceramics

peter bowen artistPeter Bowen watercolour artist and experimenter in ceramics enjoys drawing and painting quirky scenes of buildings with washing lines and works primarily in pen and ink and watercolour. Peter Bowen’s artistic work has been exhibited throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

“As long as I can remember I have always enjoyed drawing and painting and was encouraged by my father to draw and learn about watercolour”. “My father was very good at painting in oils and acrylics but encouraged me to master watercolour for its unforgiving nature that could be tamed with practice,” says Peter Bowen.

At school, his art teacher John Stops RWA a member of the Royal Academy encouraged him to experiment with painting techniques. John was a great influence and insisted that he pursue a career in graphic design – although Peter Bowen wanted to be an architect and study building design he did spend a lot of time looking intensely at the structural characteristics and engineering of buildings to understand how to construct two-dimensional renditions on paper.

It was this interest in buildings and structures that have led to his fascination with painting structures and being able to highlight the effects of weather and environment on buildings that are clearly shown in his whimsical portrayal of the buildings and their surrounding characteristics. There are certain characteristics in his paintings that are his trademarks and have to be studied carefully to see the three birds (always only three and never more) flying amongst the clouds and the washing lines with clean white clothes blowing in the wind.

Peter Bowen studied art and design at the former West of England College of Art in Bristol and graduated with a diploma that was converted to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Peter Bowen emigrated to Canada and embarked upon a career as a graphic designer, then a creative director in an advertising agency before starting his own advertising agency winning the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for developing a website in 1994…!

cpa logoCeramics have always played an important part in Peters artistic development from an early age prior to attending art college and his exploration of three-dimensional objects enables him to deliver a wealth of creativity of both form and function.

Ceramics works include experimental as well as functional designs with artistic and tableware pieces. He enjoys overlapping glazes that create interesting uncontrolled results. He is currently an associate member of the Craft Potters Association in the United Kingdom.

Light House Painting
Offset Vase by Peter Bowen
Plates by Peter Bowen
beach huts 2
Offset Vase by Peter Bowen
Cliftonwood Bristol