Joe McGowan – Artist
I am an abstract artist specialising in both oils and acrylics. Please scroll down to see my current portfolio. Click on the button below to view my sold portfolio.
Wuthering Heights was the first creation in my new studio, which I had waited for for 3 months, it is no surprise to see it has a very powerful energy! A highly textured piece with lots of mood. Although I tried several different themes of music, Evanescence was the only one which matched my mood with this piece! Wuthering Heights was my central exhibition piece in Urban Interiors at the Business Design Studio, Islington! This piece doesn’t photograph well due to the nature of the knife and heavy texture. Wuthering Heights is our family favourite and was saved from the flood of 2014 due to it hanging in our lounge!
Breath was created with acrylic paint and I was listening to an album of Sarah McLaughlin at the time. This was created with a brush and has been double painted to add real depth. I was very much in love with the film Guardian at the time of painting this and it’s very heavily influenced by it! No need to frame as exhibition canvas. Showcased at Urban Interiors.
Innocence was created in two stages…I started it in April and finished it in September! It is created with acrylic paint and I was listening to an album of Sarah McLaughlin at the time. This was created with a brush but has texture underneath the image which adds a different dimension to the painting. I find this a particularly uplifting piece which looks great in any light. Unfortunately it doesn’t photograph well and is brighter than the image indicates. This is the first time this painting has been or sale as it’s hung in my lounge since the day I painted it as I love it so much! No need to frame as exhibition canvas. Showcased at Urban Interiors!
Viking is a highly textured piece with lots of mood. This one is particularly dramatic when day turns to evening. I love this in the lounge in winter! This piece doesn’t photograph well due to the nature of the knife and heavy texture.
Dreaming is an acrylic painting that I enjoyed painting soon after I gave birth to our daughter. This one took a long time to complete due to our daughter not sleeping through the night! It’s colours are vibrant and it always make me feel happy.
Easter is an oil on canvas which I created specifically as Easter was approaching. This painting reminds me what Easter is about. It’s a dramatic and heavily textured piece.
£650.00Oil on canvas – no need to frame 3:16 was my first portfolio piece created after I lost the majority of my portfolio in the flood of 2014. This piece brought the joy back to painting and has reignited my love of knife work with oils. This is the first painting I’ve added a little sparkle to, but I love the effect! This is currently hanging in our home waiting to be varnished as the paint is so thick it’s still drying under the surface!
Joy of Love
£1,900.00Joy of Love was by far my biggest challenge with oils yet! This is one of only two pieces in my portfolio that have been created with a brush and oil. It is a fantastic piece that needs space to breath due to its size and vibrancy and sheer impact. It works equally well horizontal as well as vertical. Joy of Love was exhibited in the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London W1 as part of their Love In Art exhibition.
CommissionsAs you will notice from the Gallery all of my canvas sizes are quite large but should you wish to commission a piece there are various canvas sizes available to choose from. Prices for commission vary dramatically depending not only on canvas size but also on paint colour as some paints have certain pigments which are much more expensive to produce than others. I use only the finest artist quality paints and exhibition canvases. All of my paintings are original but I can do a painting the same size, colour and contrast (light and dark) of that which you like if one in my sold gallery is what appeals to you.
PhilosophyPainting for me is a spiritual release – a release of energy which manifests itself via the pallet knife into the texture. My hope is that people who see my paintings would feel a desire to run their fingers down the canvas and continue to unravel images separate to those I perceived when creating the painting. My love is of abstract art as I feel restricted by representational as I find it too literal, I like individuals to find their own images in each piece. I found my knife style simply by fluke, trying to salvage a mistake, and I have continued to develop this style and work with knives and, very occasionally, brushes. My real joy is found in bright colours as, for me, they create a vibrant feel and I find them most uplifting. I strive to ensure that I have the aggressiveness of dark versus the peacefulness of light and colour in each image. I believe my pictures have a life of their own, each painting can be something different for each viewer.
HistoryIn 2014 we experienced a terrible flood and we lost not only my entire portfolio but also every single paint and canvas I’d ever purchased. We moved four times in two years trying to settle after the flood and finally settled in our current house. Unfortunately we lost our entire family in a very short period of time three months after moving so that put paid to any chance of creativity returning. It has taken a few years to recover from the loss but now I’m excited about painting again and am slowly, one painting at a time, renewing my fabulous oil paint collection and starting a new portfolio.
ExhibitionsSince having our daughter I no longer exhibit my work and sell via my website, word of mouth and privately only. August 2012 The Hub – Chertsey November 2009 St Johns – Egham October 2006 St Johns – Guildford October 2004 Urban Interiors – London October 2004 LBA Gallery February 2004 Arndean Gallery,Cork Street, W1 October 2003 Inspired Art Fair 2003, E1 August 2003 Waterloo Gallery, SE1 May 2003 Gallery 47, WC1 April 2003 Windsor Street Gallery March 2003 TOKO June 2003 Surrey Open Studios October 2002 LBA Gallery
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"Thank you for viewing my gallery, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!"Joe McGowan