Lancaster artist takes the bird

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A renowned Lancaster artist has gone back to his roots.

Graham Lowe, who works from his studio in Lancaster, trained as an illustrator.

His latest body of work comprises 20 British bird paintings which are already garnering praise from gallery owners and fans alike.

A selection of the paintings can currently be seen at Gallery H, in Arnside.

Some have been on show this year at Arteria, Lancaster, The Artroom Gallery, Garstang, and The Old Courthouse Gallery, in Ambleside.

Graham said: “Bird art is a perennial favourite with both artists and art lovers.

“While I’ve spent much of my artistic career painting abstract and figurative landscapes, almost exclusively of the north, recently I felt pulled back to illustration.

“I grew up surrounded by birds. My grandfather was a pigeon fancier and I loved seeing them fly and helping in the pigeon loft.

“My dad had a large aviary full of birds for many years. He was also a keen birdwatcher.”

Graham himself used to have a tawny owl.

The bird paintings are done in acrylics or gouache.

Graham has exhibited in galleries throughout the North of England - he is a 
regular at Arteria and features in the current ‘Solstice’ exhibition – and his paintings have been bought by public and private collectors, both in this country and abroad.

He launches his new 
independent teaching programme this winter, beginning with ‘Paint Like the Impressionists’ on Saturday December 5 at the Outrageous Ambition Hub, White Cross, Lancaster.