I was shocked to learn, in reading the brochure of the forthcoming New English Exhibition, a group of which he was once President and founded its Drawing School, of the death of Jason Bowyer. I knew Jason for most of his life and his oil painting of Walberswick is hanging on my wall as I write this.
His father William was a Royal Academician (a rival group to the New English, though Academicians would see it the other way round), his brother Francis an artist and his wife Claire a ceramicist.
This can be both an inspiration and a constraint by way of comparison, as in “a good artist but not as good as his father”.
Jason’s other passion was Fulham Football Club. Our Alan Tanner knew him well. Jason got to most home games and his real ambition – never fulfilled – was to play for the club.
He was only 61, a victim of a fatal heart attack whilst on his bicycle in his beloved Walberswick.