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 Doug Lowe

(born.1938)

 

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Artist Doug Lowe

Doug Lowe was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa in a mining family.  At an early age his father moved to a large farming estate in Barberton, an idyllic landscape where Doug grew up. The lush foliage and the intense colours of the tropical flora have since influenced his painting.

Both his father and mother painted although Doug was largely self taught, and he initially tended towards abstract compositions. At the age of 21 he emigrated to England and started to move towards figurative representation. In London he drifted into and out of The Heatherley and Hammersmith Art Schools, continuing to paint prolifically.

After a long break, he started painting again and moved rapidly into representational painting, this time in acrylics which was a medium which suited his temperament better than the slow medium of oils.

By this time he had moved to live in Manchester and eventually settled in the Marple area where he has lived since 1980.  Since 2000 he has been able to devote most of his time to painting.  He joined the Vernon Mill Artists Group in 2001 where he has a permanent studio.  Also in 2001 he founded the Mellor and Marple Art Society and was elected Chairman.

 

As you can see from the above examples, he uses more than one style of painting, although he now generally uses acrylic pigments. Other subjects he paints are still lifes, portraits and figure studies.

 

A photograph of the artist is given on the right.

 

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