There is a reason that the earliest artworks were cave paintings. Since the beginning of time man has acknowledged the near spiritual bond he has with the place he calls home. This would come as no surprise to artist of the week Tim Fowler who dedicates his work to representing the buildings around his home, focusing both on literal representation and the desire to capture something deeper. His wonderful paintings show the structures that he sees every day, capturing both their presence and their feeling in an interesting and creative way.
Fowler’s art contains the essence or the soul of the places that inspire him. Through his use of abstract touches and bold, emphatic colours he succeeds in capturing the child-like wonder of wandering amongst buildings that stretch to the heavens. He chooses to vary his technique depending on the type of location he is painting, ranging from sketchy Fauvist style work for Vietnam to neatly constructed geometric shapes when painting in central London. This variation again allows him to capture the real feeling contained within the bricks and glass, rather than merely show its form.
By reducing buildings to simple colour blocks the artist makes and inner city tower block resonate like a Hockney swimming pool. Fowler captures exactly what these buildings mean to the people who live there and not just the passer bys. What may be an old tower block to one is home to another, and in Fowler’s hands it becomes a shining beacon and a refuge from the world. By blending futuristic shapes with an innocent naivety Fowler has managed to create nostalgia for places which exist still. It is this viewpoint which makes him stand out as an artist and his ability to see the beauty of all structures, whether they are traditional painterly subjects or not. He paints his world with affection and real skill, deservedly earning his place as artist of the week.