Keith Bowen - New Paintings
9 June 2017 - 2 July 2017
Keith Bowen was born in Denbighshire, North Wales in 1950. He studied Graphic Design at the Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Polytechnic between 1969 and 1972. He has exhibited extensively and received justifiable acclaim. Amongst a host of awards, Keith has twice received the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales. In 1997 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Wales. In addition, two Royal Mail Stamps feature his paintings of the countryside.
His work celebrates the landscape and rural life of Wales: the iridescent streams traversing the heathlands; the rugged shepherds with calloused hands, deftly shearing their hardy mountain sheep; the ramshackle rusty gates and fences that have been subsumed, over generations, into their surroundings. These are images that record a place and its people with genuine warmth and sincerity.
Keith writes of his work:
“For the first time at the age of twelve, I stood on the top of Snowdon; I had found something that I wanted to do and somewhere that I wanted to be. Forty-five years later, I am still stumbling around the Welsh hills, and I still feel that initial excitement and fascination with the place. However, these days, I am as likely to visit those remote places that are away from the high peaks, places that are neglected and unremarkable, the forgotten, old and strange back country: Y Cefn Gwlad".
He also quotes his friend Jim Perrin in 'Descent into the Lost World': ‘A faded, rich embroidery of old story, association and belief, the threads of which can still be discerned and disentangled from the landscape here and there.” This, Keith feels, reflects his work’s themes and “says it all”.
Keith Bowen has regularly exhibited at the gallery and this solo show at Oriel Tegfryn consists of new paintings featuring the mountains and streams of Wales together with his figures and portraits.