Jonathan Bowden Biography
About the Artist:

Born in Melbourne 1942, Jonathan Bowden spent his formative years in England. After taking a natural sciences degree at Cambridge, he studied art in London & exhibited there 1968-1980.

SInce arriving in Australia in 1980 he has established a reputation as a profound & perceptive observer of the Australian landscape.

He works direct from nature, & each painting, whether in oil or pastel, invloves many repeated visits to the same place at the same hour of the day until he has captured its essential character.

This method of working was pioneered by the English & French Impressionists & the artist studied their methods extensively before settling in Launceston Tasmania, where he now lives with his family.

 

About the pastels:

“When I arrived in Tasmania in 1980 I was immediately captivated by the landscape. Its vitality and freshness and sheer visual diversity”.

What I have felt compelled to do in the intervening twenty odd years is to describe it, in all its moods and seasons, in all its weathers and times of day. I’ve felt it mattered. I’ve felt that there was a message here especially for those of us who grew up in more crowded places where nature, or what was left of it, was relegated to National Parks.

In building up the collection of paintings which I am now publishing through the web, I had never lost the idea that one day they ought to be seen together, as multiple facets of one idea. Although I will never be able to exhibit the work in its entirety, because it’s scattered all over the planet in private collections, as a collection of print series I believe it can be fully appreciated. It is a Book of Hours and Seasons, told through the language of colour.

Exhibitions:

London, Amalgam Gallery, Barnes 1975
Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1970-1980
Lane Group, Figurative Painters 1977-1980
National Portrait Gallery, London 1980
Christies Contemporary art, Cambridge, England 1991
Agnews, London 1991
Battersea Arts Centre, London, solo 1992

 

Peformance & Opera sets:

Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, New London ensemble 1970
Orpheus and Eurodice, New London ensemble 1971
Musical performance with fireworks, York Festival 1969
Musical performance with fireworks, Kingston Polytechnic Festival 1970-1971
Musical performance with fireworks, Cambridge City Festival 1972
Tha Ancient Mariner, puppet peformance little Angel Marionette Theatre Islington 1972

 

Holdsworth Gallery Sydney, solo 1980
Barry Stern, Sydney 1980
Painters Gallery 1980,1981
Sulman Exhibition, AGNSW 1981
Matilda Prints, Sydney, solo 1984
Colonial Gallery, Evandale Tasmania, solo 1985
Crohill Gallery ,Launceston and Canberra 1987-1989
Design Centre, Launceston 1988
Archibald and Sulman Exhibitions, Sydney 1987
Australian Wildlife art Exhibition, Melbourne 1988
Freeman Gallery, Hobart, solo 1989
Gallery Two, Launceston, solo 1990
Salamanca Collection, Hobart, solo 1992
Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney 1991-1994
Raglan Gallery, Sydney, solo 1996,1998
Evelyn County Estates Gallery, Victoria, solo 2002

 

Publications:

Australian Artist 1987,1990,1993,1994
The Drawing Side of Painting,Australian Artist April-July 1997
Craft Arts International 1991,1992,1994
International Pastel Artist 1999
Craft Arts International, biographies of Artists 1998, 2000

 

Group Projects and Commissions:

Rainbow Serpent, St Giles 1985
Animation, Queechy High School 1988
Tasmania 1000 years, Queechy High School 1989
Stations of Birth, Launceston Birth Centre 1989
The River, Norwood School 1990
Circus Oz print, Royal Hobart Hospital 1991
Hands Project, Centenary Federation Tasmania 2001

 

Teaching:

Maryland University 1965
London Schools 1967-1970
Kingston Polytechnic 1968-1972
Launceston Adult Education Centre 1988-1994
Private Tuition in painting and drawing 1998-2002

 

Education:

Cambridge University, Natural Sciences 1961-1964
Camberwell Art School, London 1966-1967

 

Collections:
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cambridge University
Brinsley Ford Collection, London
Hospitals Collection, UK
Private Collections in UK and Australia