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Artist Owen Bowen (c.1873-1967)

Owen Bowen

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 Fred W. Jackson. 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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