We are deeply saddened by the news of Jason Bowyer’s death on Sunday 17 February 2019.
Jason was born in Chiswick in 1957 to the artist William Bowyer and sculptor Vera Bowyer. He attended Chiswick School where his childhood ambition was to play centre forward for Fulham, but then decided to follow in his parents’ creative footsteps studying Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, then a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools.
However, sport remained a passion and he played football and cricket with Chiswick School Old Boys (Old Meadonians) and became the Artist in Residence at Fulham F.C. where he left his legacy through his art, now part of their collection.
In 1998 Jason became resident artist at The London Museum of Water and Steam where he painted the museum workshop and furnace.
Jason drew from observation in situ then simplified work into larger paintings in both oil and mixed media back in his studio, distilling the essence of his motif with a figurative and abstract interplay. Subjects ranged from industrial interiors to single flower and he was a gifted portraitist depicting, among others, Paul Oppie and Greg Dyke. Jason was appointed the Official War Artist, REME, (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) Camp Bastion Afghanistan in 2013.
Jason was a key figure within the New English Art Club – Past President and Founder of the NEAC Drawing School.
The Hogarth Trust of which he was an active trustee made this statement: “The trustees are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Jason Bowyer on 17 February 2019. He was a board member from 2003 – a warm, imaginative, generous and supportive colleague. We will miss him enormously.”
Jason’s wife Claire, a ceramicist, their son Leo, a graphic designer and his brother Francis – also a New English artist live and work in Chiswick and, in addition to his many and widespread exhibitions, Jason also remained interested and supportive of local issues and events. He co-curated The Small Self, an exhibition at Hogarth’s House of self-portraits which marked the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death in 2014 and the striking self-portrait in the newsletter being his contribution.
Along with his brother Francis he has exhibited in each of the Chiswick Calendar exhibitions – Chiswick in Pictures – local artist Christine Berrington paid this tribute,” Jason has influenced and nurtured so many artists across all levels, including myself. It has been a privilege to be a member of his studio group and get to know him. He has been such a kind and generous tutor, mentor and friend to so many of us. Always willing to share his ideas and take a keen interest in other people and their life stories.
We will all miss his kindness and character enormously and remain deeply grateful for the wisdom, encouragement and fun he has brought to our lives.”