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Jason Bowyer

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.

Jason came from a painting family.

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”.

As with his father, the coast of Suffolk at Southwold and Walberswick was a constant source of inspiration. Suffolk has a clear light which the Bowyers caught beautifully.

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.

About Alice Mansfield

A graduate of the Slade, Alice has painted and written about art all her life. With her children now having now grown up and departed the nest, she recently took up sculpture. More Posts