Dave Lowther


I trained at Luton, Nottingham Trent, Goldsmiths and Hertfordshire Colleges of Art and taught art in Bedfordshire for 25 years.
My work is primarily concerned with the formal possibilities of pictorial invention rather than the depiction or illustration of a specific reality. The paintings are almost all totally abstracted and are acrylic on canvas or paper.

The abstractions develop intuitively, mostly on the edge of recognition, in an in-between space, which is ambiguous and for me more interesting.

I like to work in a series where the explorations evolve through experimentation, play and accident, and I often revisit and rework aspects previously encountered. This maximizes the possibilities of the theme and the sequences are mostly as important as any single piece.

The most recent paintings are predominantly on a smallish, intimate scale which enables a faster way of working where more alternatives can be developed in the time frame. The colour is deliberately non naturalistic mostly using strong hues to heighten contrasts.
Over the last few years I have had a number of one person exhibitions in Bedford, Luton, Hitchin and Letchworth and have participated in numerous group shows both locally and in London.

Recent work
Copse and Tree forms is my current series of paintings and is loosely based on interpretations of a small local clearing and wood.
Evolving from drawings, small sketchbook studies, and initially photographs, the works are more concerned with figure/ground configurations, and the idea of growth, than with literal representation.

I have also produced a series of 30 monoprints, with acrylic, which have developed from a related set of paintings. Most recently I have reduced some of these images to even more abstracted forms, often using a limited palette of colours.

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