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Olwyn Bowey RA

Academicians in Focus

3 November 2016 — 27 March 2017

This exhibition is now closed

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The Royal Academy is delighted to present an intimate display of recent work by Senior Academician Olwyn Bowey as part of the ‘Academicians in Focus’ series.

Olwyn Bowey RA has devoted her career to the study of nature. Dynamic and rigorous, her vibrant and distinctive studies of potted plants and windblown trees are infused with the passion of an artist who works in isolation.

Central to her practice are West Dean greenhouses in Sussex. Discovered by Bowey by chance, she has worked intensively through all seasons to capture the structures’ traditional Victorian architecture and perspective, as well as the specimens cultivated within. “I see a plant that could provide a focal point, and I love that contrast with the regularity of architecture.”

Also shown are Bowey’s first digital limited editions. Produced in the RA Schools, this pair of prints has allowed the artist to experiment with various digital mark-making techniques to generate new work based on her pencil drawings. A selection of the artist’s unframed pencil drawings are also available for sale online.

Elected Royal Academician in 1970, Bowey is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal West of England Academy and an Associate of the Royal College of Art. She lives and works in Sussex.

3 November 2016 — 27 March 2017

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

If you are not a Friend, Patron or Corporate Member of the RA, simply ask staff at the Keeper’s House for access to see the Academicians in Focus exhibition before 4pm.

Admission free

Belle Shenkman Room, The Keeper’s House