Own Art

Sarah Bowman


“I never begin a painting knowing exactly how it will end up. They start with the landscape and the windowsill or the table and the rest emerges later, the objects placed last, perhaps a curtain will slip in at the side as if a breeze floated in. Each element of the composition is a reaction to the last thing painted. I like to work on a few paintings at a time so that they stay fresh.” – Sarah Bowman

“Sarah Bowman’s work is much sought after and she has gained widespread recognition, including showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and gaining the Mary Fedden award at the Royal West of England Academy. Having studied at Falmouth Art College, she has in the past been firmly linked to the St Ives School.

“Equally important to her development was a trip to Tuscany in her late teens to see the renaissance fresco paintings. The use of the trompe l’oeil device of the window looking on to a distant landscape and a foreground narrative framing a distant view, a delight in the primitive and unscathed landscape, as well as the dry scumbly texture of her paint, even tonal values, and the gentle muted palette, occasionally illuminated by a flash of rather post-renaissance electric pink, purple or blue, all reflect this influence.

“She paints intuitively, her landscapes are derived from memory, they are an amalgamation of places she has visited, Cornwall, Devon, the Scilly Isles, Andalucia. She thrives on exploring new locations to paint, searching for still-life and natural objects to depict.

“Far more than the painters of the St Ives School, these works carry with them a sense of exploration and travel and they lead us into an imaginary world of distilled memory.” – Elspeth Moncrieff


Solo shows

The Birds & the Bees & Other Subjects, 2015
White Space Art, Totnes

The Rite of Spring, 2012
White Space Art, Totnes

Wren Gallery, Burford
Ainscough Contemporary Art Gallery

White Space Art, Totnes

Wren Gallery, Burford
Ainscough Contemporary Art Gallery
White Space Art, Totnes
White Space Art, Totnes
Ainscough Contemporary Art, Chelsea
Ainscough Contemporary Art, Chelsea

Two Person Show
New Grafton Gallery, Barnes
Recent Works, Beside The Wave, Falmouth
Coastlines, Beside The Wave, Falmouth

Selected Group Exhibitions
Clark Art, Hale
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Ainscough Contemporary Art, Chelsea
Bircham Gallery, Holt
Art From Cornwall, New Grafton Gallery
Royal West of England Academy
Beside The Wave, Falmouth
The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
Pierrepoint Gallery, Bridport
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
Broadway Modern Gallery, Broadway
John Davies Gallery, Stow on the Wold
Thomas Henry Fine Art, Dorchester and Nantucket, USA

Art Fairs
Art London
Affordable Art Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Dublin Art Fair
Glasgow Art Fair
Kensington Art Fair
Chelsea Art Fair

Winner of the Mary Fedden Award, Royal West of England Academy

Finalist, 2001 Noble Grossart painting prize.

  • 5 Lemons by Sarah Bowman
  • Apple Bowl by Sarah Bowman
  • Pink Cup & Pears by Sarah Bowman
  • Anemones & Spotted Cloth by Sarah Bowman
  • Helping Hands (print) by Sarah Bowman
  • The Daffodil Pickers by Sarah Bowman
  • Anemones and Daffodils (NEW PRINT) by Sarah Bowman
  • Blackbird (NEW PRINT) by Sarah Bowman
  • The Washing Day (NEW PRINT) by Sarah Bowman
  • Jam Jar Flowers by Sarah Bowman
  • Cornish Jug, Garden Flowers by Sarah Bowman
  • Three Pears, Two Cups by Sarah Bowman
  • Waiting for the Catch (print) by Sarah Bowman
  • The Dog Walker in the Snow by Sarah Bowman
  • Harbour Master's House by Sarah Bowman

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