Gavin Bowyer ASGFA 2023

As a graphic fine artist, I am a true advocate for joy of mark making and the importance of ‘good drawing’. I enjoy unpicking the perceptual experience by drawing with a systematic process of intense looking and finding precision through searching and adjustment. I work primarily in graphite and restrict the colour scheme to a classic black and white palette and give the observer’s eye a place to rest and a momentary break from saturated colour. My monochromatic artwork is intended to be raw, stripped back, honest and allow the observer to concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting, and form. Moreover, my approach to art is inspired and informed by the psychological fragility and struggle of the human experience.

My contemporary figurative portraiture intends to reveal the true person. Likewise, I love creating intricate, realistic, vivid, and poignant artwork that illustrates the fragility of our natural world. As drawing tutor, I encourage my students to explore various other mediums including collage, pen, pencil crayon, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, oils, and digital media.

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