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 3 months for. Therefore, it is no surprise to see it has a very powerful energy. It is a highly textured piece with lots of mood. Although I tried several different themes of music whilst painting it, Evanescence was the only one which matched my mood. This painting was my central exhibition piece in Urban Interiors at the Business Design Studio, Islington. It is our family favourite and was saved from the flood of 2014 simply because it was hanging in our lounge. This piece doesn’t photograph well due to the nature of the knife and heavy texture.
Breath was created with acrylic paint whilst I was listening to one of Sarah McLachlan’s albums. I used a brush and then double-painted to add real depth. I was very much in love with the film Guardian at the time of painting which had a profound influence. This piece is painted on exhibition canvas so there is no need for a frame. Breath was 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 McLachlan at the time. The painting 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 photo indicates. This is the first time this painting has been for sale as it has hung in my lounge since the day I painted it as I love it so much! It is painted on exhibition canvas so there is no need for it to be framed. Innocence was 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 painting 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 working on 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. Its 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 of what Easter is about. It’s a dramatic and heavily textured piece.
£650.003:16 was my first portfolio piece which I created after I lost the majority of my portfolio in the flood of 2014. It 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. The painting is currently hanging in our home. It is waiting to be varnished as the paint is so thick it’s still drying under the surface. 3:16 is an oil on canvas so there is no need to frame it.
Joy of Love
£950.00Joy 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 horizontally as well as vertically. 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. However, should you wish to commission a piece, there are various canvas sizes available to choose from. Details of canvas sizes can be found on the FAQ page. Commission prices vary dramatically depending not only on canvas size but also on paint colour because 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. However, I can create a painting the same size, colour and contrast (light and dark) of any piece in my sold gallery that appeals to you.
PhilosophyPainting for me is a spiritual release – a release of energy which manifests itself via the pallet knife into the texture of my work. My hope is that people who see my paintings will feel a desire to run their fingers down the canvas and continue to unravel images unique to the ones I perceived when creating the painting. My passion is for abstract art because I feel restricted by representational work and find it too literal. I like individuals to find their own images in each piece. I found my knife style simply by fluke whilst trying to salvage a mistake. Since then, I have continued to develop this style and work with knives and, very occasionally, brushes. My real joy is found in bright colours because, 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 before finally finding our current house. Very sadly, we lost our entire family in a very short period of time three months after moving. The impact of that trauma put paid to any chance of creativity returning and it has taken a few years to recover from the loss. After this long journey, I’m now 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, by 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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