Jim Cowan - The Open College of the Arts

Jim Cowan

I was born in Glasgow and studied at Chelsea School of Art where I did my B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Fine Art. I also have a Cert. Ed. and have taught with the Open College of the Arts since 1988 where I have held various positions. I now work mainly as a tutor, assessor and contributor of blog posts to the WeAreOCA blog. I also work full time at Brooklands College of Further Education where I teach Art and Design subjects up to HND level. I am a painter and printmaker and exhibit my work mostly in London.

As a Contemporary realist painter, I create images that are recognizable, believable and place the artist in his time and place. I take, manipulate and convert photographic imagery into the discipline of paint in a transformative process that is both traditional and contemporary. It updates previous stylistic and theoretical movements and connects the artist with the continuing tradition of painting. The human spirit is released through the process of making and the control of colour, form and content, regained, rejuvenated and restated by the artist’s hand. Narrative and abstraction combine and a dialogue is open again with the art of previous generations. The means by which this occurs is seen in the depiction of objects, people and places done simply and without pretention.

The importance of painting as a means of communication is restated and the teaching of this art practice promoted as the primary method of intellectual visual enquiry.

My work can be viewed on my website at www.jamescowanart.co.uk or on Saatchi Online at www.saatchionline.com/Jamescowan

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