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William Bowyer RA RI RP NEAC (1926-2015)


Arthur William Bowyer, RA RI RP NEAC (1926-2015)

Through his landscapes, figurative scenes, portraits and still lifes, in oil and watercolour, William Bowyer sustained a fine traditional strand in British painting. He became particularly associated with brightly-hued scenes of the Thames at Chiswick and the Blyth Estuary in Suffolk. For many years, these were among the highlights of the exhibitions of the New English Art Club, of which he was the Honorary Secretary, and the Royal Academy, of which he became a Senior Academician.

William Bowyer, generally known as Bill, was born in Leek, Staffordshire, on 25 May 1926, the son of Arthur Bowyer, a union official, and his wife, Emma (née Fitch). The family’s main income was derived from a hat shop that was run by his mother, and in which worked his sister, Elaine, who was 14 years his elder.

Bowyer received much encouragement in his talent for art from both his parents and his school art teacher. As a result, in 1943, he entered Burslem School of Art on a scholarship.

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