Abigail Bowen

Abigail Bowen

Brighton, East sussex, United Kingdom

About Abigail Bowen

I like to say that I paint ‘The Edge of The Rainbow’. The term comes from Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch as she describes a space that sits just beyond reality, where all beauty, magic and art exists.

As I paint, I am trying to conjure up a way of accessing that space. So the canvas becomes a portal or gateway that draws the viewer through the canvas into a transcendent dimension. Essentially, each piece is an attempt to capture an emotion. it is connected to an idea of ‘soul’ and an attempt to visualise those feelings such as love and loss that make us human.

In practice, I use layers and layers of thin, runny oil paint to create shimmering glazes of colour that vibrate and change in the light. As I apply each translucent, oily layer I like to imagine that light and air is captured within the painting, allowing it to breathe and come alive.

I live in Brighton and graduated in Fine Art, Painting from Chelsea College of Art and Design. I am represented in London and Oxfordshire, UK.

Education

Chelsea College of Art (B.A.Hons) Fine Art Painting
Foundation Course in Art & Design from Brighton College of Arts and Technology.

Exhibitions

February 2021 - Joint show, Hicks Gallery, London

December 2019 - Lane House Arts, Bath

Artists Open House - Brighton, Christmas 2019

The Affordable Art Fair (with Hicks Gallery) - London, October 2019

Art on The Mind - Proud Gallery, London, Jun 2019.

Artists Open House - Brighton, May 2019

The Other Art Fair - London, March 2019.

Cricket Fine Art - Hungerford, Christmas group show, Nov / Dec 2018

The Darryl Nantais Gallery - Cambridge, Christmas group show, Nov / Dec 2018

The Hicks Gallery - London, Christmas group show, Nov / Dec 2018

The Mitre's Touch - Brighton, November 2018

The Affordable Art Fair (with Hicks Gallery) - Stockholm, October 2018

The Other Art Fair - London, October 2018.

Artwave - Sussex, August 2018.

Hicks Gallery - London, Summer Exhibition 2018.

Artists Open House - Brighton, May 2018

The Other Art Fair - London, 22nd to 25th March 2018.

Chalk Gallery, Lewes - 29th Jan to 25th Feb 2018.

Lane House Arts, Bath - 29th Sept to 30th Nov 2017.

The Other Art Fair - Bristol, 1st to 3rd September 2017.

This Is Who We Are (group show) - Bailey Contemporary, Brighton. June 15th to 9th July 2017.

Chalk Gallery, Lewes - Joined 5th June 2017

Artists Open House (Brighton Festival) - May 2017

Annual Open Exhibition - Pelham House, Lewes. Jan and Feb 2017.

Wintertide (group show) - Brush Gallery, Brighton. Dec 2016.

Art at The Claremont (group show) - The Claremont Hotel, Hove. Nov 2016 to April 2017.

SNUG Christmas Open House (group show) - SNUG Gallery, Hove. Dec 2016.

This Shimmering Space - Mange Tout, Brighton. Oct to Nov 2016.

Brush (group show) - Brush Gallery, Brighton. March 2016.

SNUG Christmas Open House (group show) - SNUG Gallery, Hove. Dec 2015.

SNUG May Festival Open House (group show) - SNUG Gallery, Hove. May 2015.