1926–2015

William Bowyer

Born in Staffordshire in 1926, Bowyer trained as an artist at night while toiling in a coal mine during the day as a Bevin Boy. At the Royal College of Art he was taught by those great advocates for figurative art in Britain, Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight—mentors who went on to become life-long friends. His work is firmly rooted in the nitty-gritty of everyday life and tied to very specific places—particularly the Thames near his London home in Chiswick and the Suffolk coast between Dunwich and Southwold. He has put down deep roots in both places and until his recent serious illness was noted for being out and about with his paints and easel at all times of day and in all weathers. His son, Jason, is the current President of the NEAC.

William Bowyer is one of our longest standing Royal Academicians and was the President of the New English Art Club for over thirty years.

Born in Staffordshire in 1926, Bowyer trained as an artist at night while toiling in a coal mine during the day as a Bevin Boy. At the Royal College of Art he was taught by those great advocates for figurative art in Britain, Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight—mentors who went on to become life-long friends. His work is firmly rooted in the nitty-gritty of everyday life and tied to very specific places—particularly the Thames near his London home in Chiswick and the Suffolk coast between Dunwich and Southwold. He has put down deep roots in both places and until his recent serious illness was noted for being out and about with his paints and easel at all times of day and in all weathers. His son, Jason, is the current President of the NEAC.

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Recent Press

Artists get the Chance to Shine

Eastern Daily Press, May, 2008

'William Says it on Canvas'

Your Leek Paper, September, 2004

'Quiet Man comes out of the Woodwork'

Daily Telegraph, September, 2003

'Britain's Most Famous Unknown Painter'

Eastern Daily Press, September, 2003

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Collections

Royal Academy of Arts

Arts Council of Great Britain

Huffman and Boyle, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Vancouver City Art Gallery, Canada

Museum at Lords Cricket Ground

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales Collection


Publications

William Bowyer = Paintings & Watercolours

Studio Publications 2010
£13.00

NEAC: Paintings Past and Present from the New English Art Club

Studio Publications 2010
£20.00

East Coast Influences, 2010

Studio Publications 2010
£15.00

East Coast Influences - 2012

Studio Publications 2012
£15.00

East Coast Influences - 2014

Studio Publications 2014
£15.00

Modern Romantics 2014

Studio Publications 2014
£15.00

The Studio - Winter 2016

Studio Publications 2016
£15.00



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Press Archive

Artists get the Chance to Shine

Eastern Daily Press, May, 2008

'William Says it on Canvas'

Your Leek Paper, September, 2004

'Quiet Man comes out of the Woodwork'

Daily Telegraph, September, 2003

'Britain's Most Famous Unknown Painter'

Eastern Daily Press, September, 2003

Review

The Times, November, -0001

'Better Late'

Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, November, -0001