Alex Lowery: recent paintings
with Richard Batterham recent pottery
22 June to 28 July 2013
Artist Alex Lowery’s oil paintings of the Dorset coast are ambitious distillations of views portrayed in a style uniquely his own. Called ‘the poet of the Dorset coast’ by Andrew Lambirth, Art Critic for The Spectator, this major solo show is set in the place he has painted most, West Bay, so you can walk out of the gallery and see through his eyes. Alex Lowery paintings have an Edward Hopper atmosphere, empty of people yet filled with the evidence of humanity. Artworks are available from Sladers Yard on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01308 459511.
Alex Lowery’s new paintings are exploratory, taking his distinctive style down bold new turnings. He has always had the ability to find the essence of place but now he is presenting his places in new lights. In these paintings his colours are unusual, fresh and spring-like, his angles of view odd and reductive, causing the viewer to pause, look again and see the poetry of his vision.
He paints West Bay, Portland, and as a new departure Seaton, and stays faithful to these nearby places. Yet his paintings often express something one recognises but may not have consciously noticed. He does not choose the obviously picturesque, but takes the overlooked, the marginal and unconventional, setting them before us transformed into something extraordinary.
Alex Lowery studied at Bath Academy, Sir John Cass School of Art and the Central School of Art. In London he has had three solo shows with Art First and has shown at Browse & Darby in Andrew Lambirth’s Critic’s Choice exhibition and at the Estorick Gallery. He lives in Charmouth with the painter Vanessa Gardiner and their daughter Jessie. He has had solo shows at Sladers Yard in 2006, 2009 and this is his third.
Click on a painting to expand it and see them as a slide show. Please phone 01308 459511 or email email@example.com if you would like information on any of the paintings in the exhibition: