Alex Lowery

Alex Lowery

picturing – solo show of recent paintings

Saturday 9 July – 11 September 2022

Alex Lowery’s most recent paintings can be seen below and are now available to buy or reserve. Please call us on phone +44 (0)1308 459511 or email with any enquiries or if you would like an invitation to the opening on Saturday 9 July.

We are lucky enough to represent Alex Lowery, organising commissions where applicable. Unless otherwise stated, Alex Lowery’s canvases are presented and hung unframed tight against the wall.

Portland 167. 2022 55 x 140cm. oil on canvas. SOLD

Alex Lowery’s most recent paintings seem to express a feeling of release, of going to new places and looking with new eyes at familiar places. In his confident, thrilling paintings of West Bay and Portland, he has long been a master at transforming the local and everyday into something universal and heart-stopping. Here Alex Lowery expands his range with paintings of new and diverse subject matter from London’s Barbican Centre to the Orkney Islands.

Large-scale charcoal drawings and studies in gouache have influenced the way he is painting, bringing a looser more fluid style. Areas of greater detail than we have seen before contrast with intense planes of colour and texture, the paint varying from translucent to opaque, as the raking light shifts the shadows and lights up unexpected angles.

When he is not painting, Alex is an accomplished pianist and his musicality shines through in his paintings. He talks of chromatic harmonies, of ‘treating colours like chords’ and ‘shifting the harmonies around.’ The surprising, eye-catching forms and colours he uses in the paintings are actually observable in nature although often our minds seem to edit them out. It takes looking at Alex Lowery’s paintings sometimes to make one recognise what has been there all along. Yet his work is always art, not actuality. He is working with degrees of illusion, finding the balance between the openness of spontaneous free invention and the alchemy of his art that distills his subject matter into the essence of itself. It takes bravery and constant reinvention, playfulness and discipline to make these paintings because ‘doing art is an act of faith in itself.’

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.

  • Alex Lowery’s solo shows at Sladers Yard: 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022

PICTURING, LAND USE and CAST LIGHT, 16-page booklets of Alex Lowery’s recent solo shows at Sladers Yard, are each available from the gallery at £5 plus £1 p&p. 

Alex Lowery’s paintings are shown below and are available to buy or reserve now. Please contact the gallery on or telephone: 00 44 (0)1308 459511 if you would like to enquire about a painting. Please click on an image to see them all better. Alex Lowery’s paintings are presented on canvases made of canvas or linen stretched on a wooden former unframed and hung tight against the wall. All, that is, apart from Wynford Eagle 2 which is presented in a white-painted wooden frame.


13 Responses to Alex Lowery

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  2. david whipp says:

    I couldn’t resist buying a work by Alex last Saturday. I am mystified as to how he can reduce a complicated landscape down to it’s bare bones and still evoke a mysterious energy to the work.

  3. I can really tell each area they are painted in. Captured exceedingly well

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  7. James Wareham says:

    Super colour, form and light.

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  9. Andrew Fursdon says:

    It is due to seeing Alex’s paintings of West Bay that have drawn us to stay ( long overdue ) in Dorset. Glad to see my home town of Teignmouth is also a subject of his paintings. Wonderful!

    • Sladers Yard says:

      So glad to hear that. Looking at Alex’s work helps one to see through his eyes – and how stunning a place this then is! Let me know if you would like to have a look at the Teignmouth painting with a view to buying it…

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