The sea is my life. Not only is it at the centre of my painting practice, but deeply ingrained in all aspects of my being. This enables, and more so requires me to look beyond the distraction of the conspicuous, encouraging viewers to see the beauty in less obvious places, while taking a closer look at the world around them.
Central to this is the elusive quality of light and how it plays on water and atmosphere. It can transform a seascape in just a matter of seconds. I strive to convey that sense of time, as much as of place by capturing its fleeting magic. The same place is never the same…
The main focus of my current painting practice is an ongoing exploration of Ireland’s Western coastline, being particularly interested in how our weather affects the land & seascapes here. I strive to convey scenes of the worst of the weather that the Atlantic can throw at us, trying to somehow capture the energy that our Winter storms bring to the West coast. More often than not this can involve venturing out to begin the work in the elements – an experience which can be uncomfortable but very worthwhile.
My work is mainly figurative but does cross a line into slight abstraction at times through brushwork and other mark-making techniques. I also enjoy an expressive and somewhat exaggerated use of colour which also serves to shift it slightly away from the purely figurative.
One of the main areas of development in my practice involves a growing interest in exploring more abstraction in my painting. As part of this process, I have started to incorporate some alternative materials & techniques in my work including spray-paint, ink, charcoal, print-making processes & mark making with numerous experimental tools.
Another area which I am interested in & would like to develop further is the use of found and recycled/up-cycled materials, particularly those which have come from the sea (found on beach cleans, etc.). I am currently working on a number of pieces which are being painted on reclaimed sail fabric, which is stretched & takes the place of the canvas. Not only am I interested in what the use of such recycled items has to say about certain environmental concerns, as well as their intrinsic connection to the sea, but the use of different materials as painting surfaces also informs my experiments with deeper abstraction in my work. ~ Kevin Lowery
“Benbulben From Streedagh” oil on canvas, 60x60cm.
“Choppy Waters At Easkey” 40x40cm.
“Creevy” oil on canvas, 100x100cm.
“Main Beach Bundoran, Storm Emma” oil on canvas, 120x120cm.
“Mully” oil on canvas, 50x50cm.
“Pebbles X” oil on canvas, 100x100cm.
“Rougey Rock” which is oil, acrylic and spraypaint on canvas, 50x50cm
“Sailboats At Dingle” oil on canvas, 40x40cm.
“Whitewater At Rossnowlagh” oil on canvas, 40x40cm.