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Website last updated 28/09/17

For Resale page has been added plus Gallery 7 in the
Not for Sale section has a new picture (No: 396)

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  Welcome to this website

I am a professional artist living and working in North Yorkshire. I have previously lived in Newcastle
and Wiltshire. This website is intended as a showcase for my work, past and present, and to offer for sale those pictures that are currently available.

I have been a full-time artist since 1972, apart from a brief spell teaching part-time as well as painting. My work has been varied, but now consists primarily of landscapes and paintings of buildings, often historic buildings in their landscape setting. I have an abiding interest in old buildings and in the history of the landscape, and for twenty years I did voluntary work with building preservation trusts in the
south-west of England. Although I previously worked extensively on commission, and made book illustrations, I now concentrate solely on subjects of my own choosing.

Subject matter

I have been enthusiastic about castles from the age of ten. This enthusiasm subsequently expanded
to include all historic buildings, their landscape settings, and eventually pure landscape. Despite a lifetime of looking at old buildings, I still find it difficult to explain why they give me such pleasure. There are the more obvious factors, such as that the buildings were made by people long before I was born,
will still be here long after I am dead, and this gives a strong sense of continuity. The patina of age is also very attractive - the weathering of materials, such as the growth of lichens on stone, and the softening effect that this has on the original structure, but there is something else, something
intangible, and it is this that I try to convey in my paintings. I try to show what it felt like being
there. Only viewers of the pictures will be able to tell whether I have succeeded.

It has been said that buildings only look at their best once they are ruined. This seems
an odd idea but I think it may be right, although I do not fully understand why.

An enthusiasm for the natural world requires no explanation. There is beauty in abundance,
all of it informed by light, and we are hugely fortunate to exist on the surface of this planet.

 

Thank you for visiting the website.

Edward Dowden

 

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