Owen Bowen was born in 1873
in Leeds, and raised in that city. He studied art under Gilbert Foster and subsequently
established the Leeds School of Painting of which he was head for many
years. He was also President of the Royal Cambrian Academy for some
time, and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) where he
exhibited regularly. He also exhibited at other venues such as the Royal
Academy. This picture was first exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in
Liverpool in 1916.
His landscape views of Yorkshire and on
the continent are what he is best known for, but he also painted still
lifes such as flowers (although in the opinion of the writer these are
not nearly as good as his landscape works).
Bowen was also a member of the Staithes
group of artists which is a village on the North Yorkshire coast - other
members were Laura Knight, her husband Harold and F.W. Jackson (go to
www.fwjackson.co.uk/Staithes/body_staithes.html for more
information). They generally all
used an impressionist technique.
Works by Owen Bowen are held in public
galleries in Leeds, Rotherham and Rochdale.
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