Jason Bowyer PPNEAC PS RP
Obituary: March 4th 1957 - February 17th 2019

Jason was a key figure within the New English Art Club. In 1993, he founded the NEAC Drawing School, which he always championed, fuelled by an obsession and a great passion for drawing. He was always at the centre of the club, a vocal and passionate contributor at committee meetings throughout the years. He became President from 2008 - 2013.

Jason Bowyer was born in Chiswick in 1957. He studied Foundation and BA Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art. He then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools. Despite his childhood desire to be centre forward for Fulham, he became a full-time painter and an inspiring teacher but remained a loyal football fan. He was also the All England Lawn Tennis Club Wimbledon Championship artist in 2011. He went to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan as a war artist with his brother Francis for REMI - the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 2013.

Jason outside his studio

Jason's painting was entwined with his family, often collaborating with his wife, a ceramic sculptor and his son a graphic designer. He spent most summers painting in Suffolk and it became an integral part of their creative life. Light was a crucial element in his paintings and he preferred a cluster of dramatic clouds to a clear blue sky any day. He seemed to have absorbed the atmosphere along that coastline and the more familiar he became with it, the more he wanted to bring out a more sculptural quality - linking them to the interiors of the workshops and the structured still lives he painted back in his studio at the Steam Museum.

In a painting of the wild flowers by their beach hut, Jason incorporated one of the many butterflies that would hover around and he later identified it as a gatekeeper and a love for butterflies began. The poet John Masefield described them as " The souls of summer hours" They exist in the most wonderful places, in the best of all weathers in the greatest of seasons.

Jason painted his last works on Walberswick beach in glorious sunshine just a few days before his untimely death on February 17th. In the Guardian, Zoe Williams remarked on the sunshine this February "I love that feeling when the air temperature is coolish and the sun finds a spot on your back, like a memento, a promise, a siren song. You remember summer; it's coming back for you" That is what his paintings do and it resonates with all who admire his work.

"You remember summer; it's coming back for you."