Leigh Hewson-Bower is a widely travelled artist who has established himself as a leading realism painter in Perth Western Australia.
His experience in commercial photography allows Leigh to capture the seascape scenery with artful intention, later to be represented in acrylic on large canvasses.
Water flows through Leigh Hewson-Bower’s work, it is rare he will create a painting without an element of water represented in it. His ability to get the play of light coming through the water is incredible, and the result breathtaking.
Enjoy Getting to Know Leigh Hewson-Bower
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realize you had talent?
Ever since I was a small child… I loved drawing and later began copying famous works in pastel then tried oil paint and made a fairly simple copy of a van Eyck. I must give that another shot.
Where did you learn your art?
I studied Fine Art in Melbourne at Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash) for four wonderful years graduating in 1967.
What inspires you most?
I have always been inspired by other artists’ work, whether it is an Anselm Kiefer, a Gerhard Richter or a dazzling portrait by J S Sargent. The natural world not so much inspires me as gives me a wonderful opportunity to try and capture its complexity and of course its beauty
What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?
To approach the natural world with open eyes to catch a glimpse of the sublime. I guess I feel more in common with the Romantic Movement in painting which had its peak in the 19th Century and followed that principal.
Describe your studio
My studio is not particularly large. Around 4x3m and is part of our apartment here at Leighton Beach.
Describe your typical day of creating art
I start work in the morning and work for around three hours then a couple more in the afternoon and that’s about it.
What mediums do you use and why?
I work with acrylic because it allows a lot of overlaying in a short space of time and by adding retarders it can remain fresh and fluid for enough time to achieve the result I’m looking for.
What are you working on now?
A large painting of Hamelin Bay for my upcoming show at JahRoc Galleries.
What are your recent career achievements you feel proud of?
Being selected to paint eight works for an eighty four meter super-yacht owned by a Singaporean billionaire.
What do you love most about what you do?
When the work seems effortless and the results are beyond my expectations.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?
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In the Studio
“South West Shorelines”
Leigh Hewson- Bower
Exhibition 27th December 2020