'Obst & Gemuse', David Bowe

A painting of a fruit and vegetable trailer under some trees

Oil on canvas, 25.2 x 30.5 cm, 2007

Artist's statement

My paintings are subdued, discreet glimpses, sometimes of mundane occurrences, sometimes of dormant, poised states of time and place. I am interested in the nuances of our relationship with the infrastructure of the everyday, often in the context of travel and urbanity, and the impact these surroundings have on our sense of self.

The recurring sub-themes are the uneasy duality of alienation through interaction, of people removed and absorbed in a private world whilst in the company of others; of company without companionship and how the solitude of a person's internal
landscape can seem reflected back in the external landscape they inhabit.

The subjects in my paintings often appear as overlooked and forgotten elements in an absent narrative; stills removed from their film. I think of them as vignettes capturing moments and atmospheres of anticipation, abandonment and lives lived just out of view, of being the accumulation of activity and inactivity that create a sense and mood of place.


David Bowe was born in Preston in 1965. He studied at Sheffield City Polytechnic 1983-86 and undertook a studio residency there 1986-87. He attended Glasgow School of Art 1987-88, including a Student Residency Exchange to the Maryland Institute Baltimore USA. His exhibitions include the group show 'Wall to Wall (Part I)' Seven Seven Gallery London 2005.