Web site: http://www.nicholasbowlby.co.uk/
'View from the Restaurant window'.
80 x 60 cms.
Oils on Canvas.
My painting practice is a contemplation, reflection, expression and documentation of poignant instances within my life. I am instinctive with my subject matter and find myself often returning to motifs: extensive skylines and unfrequented, vacant landscapes. When I work with portraiture I find the process engaging and restrictive; it feeds and contradicts the landscapes.
I work from source material in the studio, almost always photographs that I have taken. This allows me to reflect on the chosen images and the reason for their collection. It also allows the paint itself to become more dominant in the work.
Oil paint is an incredibly enriching vehicle. The vocabulary of marks available is broad, fascinating and constantly inspiring. My love of the medium is always apparent in my work; it is, I believe, what makes me a painter.
My work has to do with finding form. The marks that I make with paint come to establish an arena which allows more figurative aspects to form themselves.
Influences include: Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig, Tom Waits, ECM Records, H P Lovecraft, Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt, Anders Zorn.