S/920 LOBSTER by ALAN JAMES BOWYER, R.O.I.
Signed; titled on original label on reverse and dated 1949
Oil on Canvas Board
Canvas Board size: 9x11 in./23x28 cm.
Frame size: 12.5x14.5 in./32x37 cm.
Alan Bowyer the well known local artist was born in 1902, living at 79, Gartmoor Park, Wimbledon, London. He studied Art under his father, who was Principal of the Putney School of Art in London.
During World War II he was in the Royal Navy Reserve on the North Atlantic Convoys and saw plenty of enemy action on the high seas.
After the war he returned to painting as a career and was elected a Member of the R.O.I., where he had exhibited on four occasions between 1929-1931. He also exhibited his paintings in various parts of the world including India, France, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Hong Kong and the U.S.A., where a great number of his marine paintings depicting the War of Independence were purchased.
Alan Bowyer lived for many years in the West Country, including Bude Street, Appledore in North Devon where he caught the lobster while prawning at Peppercombe, before leaving for Cornwall in 1982, he was elected President of the St. Mawes Group of Artists. Alan Bowyer finally lived with his wife in the Dordogne area in France.