William Bowyer RA (1926 - 2015)

William Bowyer studied at Burslem School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London where he was taught by Carel Weight and Ruskin Spear. Bowyer worked in the tradition of English figurative painting. English landscape painters, particularly Constable and Turner, strongly inspired his work. Bowyer was also a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and, for thirty years, he was a leading figure in the New English Art Club.

Fellow Academician Ken Howard says of his work: “The content of his pictures is the artist’s life, whether it be his beloved river at Hammersmith, Walberswick in Suffolk – where he escaped whenever possible – his friends and family, as seen in his strong and challenging portraits, or his life-long love of cricket. Bill Bowyer’s work communicates with us directly. It gives us a way of seeing the world and above all it is life enhancing.”


Royal Academician


Elected ARA: 25 April 1971

Elected RA: 24 March 1981

Born: 25 May 1926

Died: 1 March 2015

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