Jason Bowyer was born in Chiswick in 1957 to an artistic family. Son of artist William Bowyer and sculptor Vera Bowyer, he was surrounded by creativity as a child. He studied Foundation and BA Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, then a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting at Royal Academy Schools. This was despite his childhood desire to be ‘centre-forward for Fulham and England and to have lifted the World Cup’. Football’s loss was most definitely the art world’s gain, as Jason became a full-time painter but remained an avid sports fan.
Jason’s art was entwined with family life with his wife Claire, a ceramicist, their son Leo, and his brother Francis – also a New English artist. Three generations of Bowyers would spend their summers in Walberswick where William and Vera bought a caravan in the 1970s. What with Francis and Jason’s annual painting courses and the Walberswick vs Visitors Cricket Match which they took over running with the help of the family after William’s death in 2015, the Bowyers have been a Walberswick institution for over forty years. The Bowyer brothers could often be spotted on their tandem cycling through the village.
Jason was member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society as well as the New English Art Club where, following in his father’s footsteps, he became President from 2008-13. He was always at the centre of the club – a vocal and passionate contributor at committee meetings throughout the years. More importantly, he was a doer – in 1993, he founded the NEAC Drawing School which he always championed, fuelled by an obsession with drawing.