The paintings by Yorkshire artist Owen Bowen (1873-1976) will be a main attraction at the Pavilions of Harrogate antiques and decorative fine arts fair at Great Yorkshire Fairgrounds, January 28-30, 2022.
Belonging to the art specialists at the Harrogate Walker Galleries in Montpellier Parade, the paintings are typical of his best work and reveal the influence of his teacher, William Gilbert, leader of the respected Staithes group of artists, at the Leeds School of Art. Gilbert inspired Bowen to visit Staithes and the Yorkshire coast and countryside, which inspired many of his best images.
Bowen enjoyed commercial success from a young age at the inaugural exhibition of the Yorkshire Artists Union in 1888, where he won two medals in the amateur category. However, following a disagreement with the secretary two years later, he was expelled at just seventeen years old. After several years of success as a commercial artist, Bowen opened his own School of Painting in Leeds. In 1904 he was elected a member of the Staithes Art Club.
Bowen lived a long and productive life and traveled extensively to Holland, Austria, Scotland, and Wales, exhibiting in many of the national societies, including the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters ( of which he was elected a member in 1916) and the Royal Cambrian Academy, where he served as president between 1947-1954. He died in Leeds on September 17, 1967, at the experienced age of ninety-four.
Among Owen Bowen’s paintings on sale at the fair is ‘A Yorkshire Haytime’, in oil on canvas, which was featured in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of Painters in 1917. It will be offered for £ 3,000. Another, ‘Roses’, is a charming and lively still life filled with vibrant colors. It’s on sale for £ 3,200.
This will be the first antique fair of the year for The Pavilions at the Great Yorkshire Showground. “It promises to be a great start to the New Year,” says fair organizer Sue Ede. “We offer a wide range of pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century, from classical and traditional art, antiques and jewelry to modern and decorative mid-century designer pieces.”
With a wide range of high-quality pieces for sale, priced from £ 20 to £ 20,000, the fair has something for everyone. The Pavilions of Harrogate fair brings together many merchants from the north of England. Jack Shaw and Highland antiques sells fine English and Scottish silver; John Newton Antiques specializes in fine china and studio ceramics; Mark Buckley Antiques and Melody Antiques offer rustic English furniture and Ellis Fine Art has oil paintings and fine furniture.
From Harrogate, Sutcliffe Galleries and exhibitions of fine paintings; From Ludlow, Rowles Fine Art offer paintings and sculptures; and from Gloucestershire, Brian Ashbee displays a range of unusual decorative furniture and collectibles. Also present will be jewelry specialists Plaza and Shapiro & Co; and Bottlebrook Antiques porcelain specialists.