Impressions of a Shropshire lad

PUBLISHED: 12:36 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 February 2013

What better inspiration for an artist than our county's glorious countryside? David Fowles has loved it all his life and now spends his day capturing it on canvas

What better inspiration for an artist than our county's glorious countryside? David Fowles has loved it all his life and now spends his day capturing it on canvas



Born in 1949 in the village of Atcham, Shropshire, David Fowles spent his childhood days fishing on the banks of the River Severn and these settings have been the impetus for his works.
"The River Severn plays an important role as an attachment to my childhood memories. Recapturing the views and atmosphere of the countryside is my inspiration," he says.
After studying Theology at the University of Bangor, David followed a career in teaching until 2005, then following two successful exhibitions at Callaghan Fine Paintings in Shrewsbury he decided dedicate his time to painting as his profession.
David paints in oils in an impressionistic style, inspired by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899); his brush work is loose, giving movement to the paintings and portraying the relationship between the sky, atmosphere and activities of everyday life.
Along the river banks and hills of Shropshire David can often be found with canvas and easel. By capturing the real thing, the process of transcribing the landscape is a more accurate portrayal. "As natural light is unique to the outdoors, painting in the studio produces different tones of light," he says. It is his dedication to the whole experience of painting in the location and observing the view that is core to David s' artistic philosophy "A landscape must be painted before the motif; the flux, movement changes are what landscape painting is all about. I paint what I see, as I believe that the beauty of nature is enough and does not need to be embellished."

David's knowledge and skills have been developed and perfected by studying the detailed works of the great landscape artists and Impressionists such as Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Marcel Dyf (1899-1985. They, like David braved the elements to work in the open and experience the changes in climate; in particular, the variation of light and atmosphere the instant it happens.
The David Fowles painting entitled Regatta is an excellent example of the water being parted by the rowing boats and the hive of activity and excitement of the annual Shrewsbury Regatta. The Wrekin from Lyth Hill demonstrates the cloud formation and compatibility of the rolling landscape of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Other works include Shrewsbury School, Ironbridge, Church Stretton and the Quarry to name a few. An array of themes including golf, rowing and walking is captured on canvas. Works can also be commissioned on request.


Works by David Fowles will be exhibited at Callaghan Fine Paintings from June 28 to July 30. For further information, a colour brochure, or an invitation to the private preview of the exhibition please contact Callaghan Fine Paintings and Contemporary Bronze, 22 St. Mary's Street, Shrewsbury tel. 01743 343452 email art@callaghan-fine paintings.com or visit www.callaghan-finepaintings.com

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