|Alex Lowery was born in London in 1957. He
studied at Bath Academy of Art for his foundation year and
subsequently at the Sir John Cass School of Art (1978-9) and the
Central School of Art (1979-82). His first London exhibition was
held at the Rocket Gallery in 1995 and had his first solo exhibition
with Art First in Dec 2000. He now lives and works in Dorset.
West Bay near Bridport, which provides the principal
focus for Lowery’s paintings, has long been the resort of artists.
Paul Nash was a frequent visitor when living locally and in 1934,
the surrealist, Eileen Agar rented a cottage there for the summer.
It is a small English port of singular visual contrasts, which
embeds itself mysteriously in the mind. Certainly this has been its
effect on Alex Lowery, who has been painting West Bay for the last
Flattened spaces, simplified forms, heightened
colours, a compelling formal precision and painterly subtleties,
these are the characteristics which attach themselves to Alex
Lowery’s work and to the work of the American realists, Alex Katz
and Edward Hopper, whose influence Lowery acknowledges. However, as
the critic, David Cohen, commented there is also a surprising
analogy to be made between Lowery and the Italian Futurist artist,
De Chirico. “West Bay has…become something quite marvellous in
Lowery’s hands, like De Chirico’s Ferrara, an actual place, but
every bit as unreal as an invented city…, the town has been
transformed quite simply, by being rendered as