7 July to 9 September 2018
A 16pp booklet of Alex Lowery’s paintings with a foreword by the artist is available from the gallery at £5 plus £1 p&p.
No-one seems to capture the breath-taking light of the Chesil beach like Alex Lowery. Often focusing on unnoticed buildings seen from unusual angles, his eye and his paintbrushes transform the places we think we know – or should know. Low mist over Portland, a line of lampposts, shingle piled up in front of buildings, these are the simple-sounding things that catch his imagination and that catch ours, thanks to him. From West Bay to Portland via a new series called Chesil, his work seems to distill place and light over time into something potent and seriously addictive.
Lowery’s most recent paintings reveal an artist who is absolutely confident with colour. Daring unexpected combinations feel deeply satisfying, like a line of poetry that expresses something not put into words before. His colours and all aspects of his paintings stem from observation, relating back to the real world as he has seen it. Unpeopled, but full of the evidence of people, these intriguing paintings play in the mind. They are beautifully structured to take the eye on an exploratory route around and through the image, using contrasts from foreground to background, rough foliage and the flat planes of buildings to clear sea and sky, the present to the infinite. Taking transitional edgy places and throwing radiant light on them, Alex Lowery’s paintings improvise and abbreviate to find and capture something exceptional.
Born 1957 in London, Alex Lowery studied at Bath Academy, Sir John Cass School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. He has painted and shown regularly in Dorset and London since 1994. He exhibitied for many years with Art First in London and has shown at the Estorick Collection and at Browse and Darby. His work is in many distinguished private collections as well as the Dorset County Hospital Art Collection, Great Ormond Street Hospital, St George’s Hospital Tooting and the Fidelity International Art Collection. He lives in Charmouth with the artist Vanessa Gardiner.
Exhibitions at Sladers Yard:
- Solo shows 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2018
- Part of the “Romantic Landscape” exhibition, spring 2012, “Dorset Now” exhibition spring 2014 and other group shows at Sladers Yard.
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