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Olwyn Bowey RA HRBA HRWA (born 1936)

Olwyn Bowey, RA HRBA HRWA (born 1936)

In turning from portraiture to the natural world, Senior Royal Academician Olwyn Bowey found an ideal subject for her approach to painting. In particular, she records the interiors of greenhouses both mimetically and dynamically, so conveying their appeal to all the senses.

Olwyn Bowey was born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, on 10 February 1936, to James Bowey, an industrial chemist, and his wife, Olive (née Williams). She was educated at William Newton School, Stockton- on-Tees, and then, from 1955, attended West Hartlepool School of Art. Moving to London, she studied at the Royal College of Art, where she received a First Class Diploma, a continuation scholarship and a David Murray Landscape Scholarship. Her teachers included Carel Weight, who became a friend and Putney neighbour, and with whom she worked and exhibited.

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