The primary purpose of the site, is to show a selection of the many
works and projects that have kept me occupied, over the last decade
or two, or three, or four…
I have recently been working on a series of paintings inspired by the old harbour,
at Watchet and decaying breakwaters at Porlock, Somerset.
A series of paintings inspired by the unsung paraphernalia
to be found on other parts of the coast, is now
keeping me busy.
I lived on the Isle of Wight, until aged nine ; Brading and Shanklin. My family then moved to Haslemere, Surrey.
My constant efforts at painting and drawing were rewarded when I won a Scholarship to Farnham School of Art.
There I was able to study all the disciplines they had to offer, eventually majoring in illustration and print-making. I then worked as an art director
for the advertising agencies : J .Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam, in London and Milan.
On my return to London, I concentrated on painting, intermixed with freelance commissions. ( I had to pay for my art materials somehow!)
Commissions included : exhibition design, house magazine graphics, PR promotional material, posters and book design.
During this period I worked on a series of books for children, using acetate filters.
Over the following thirty five years I’ve been lucky enough to have had more than a hundred books published.
The majority contain a ‘novelty’ element integral to the storyline.
I have always enjoyed creating and constructing the so called ‘paper-engineering’ included in the books.
The ‘magic’ of making something three dimentional, from a folded page, never fails to fascinate me.
The ‘Pop-Up Theatre’ I created with David Wood is a good example. David and I have worked together on over a dozen books, all with an inter-active device of some kind.
*Our latest Pop-in-the-Slot / Lift-the-Flap, book :’ SCARY MARY’, will be available on www.amazon.co.uk May 1
Click on : www.davidwood.org.uk for more information!
The story is advanced by sliding Scary Mary into the slot on each right-hand page.
‘Mary’ pops up, and scares, in turn, her brothers, her granny, her dad, her baby sister and her grandpa,
until, the tables are turned - she gets a big scare herself!
Finally, Scary Mary pops right out of the book, ready to begin again!
copyright © Richard Fowler and David Wood 2011
I have continued to paint and draw thoughout the years ; abandoned buildings, rusting machinery,
discarded objects, bleak landscapes – Exmoor and North Wales are two of my favourite places.
My oil painting of an abandoned locomotive, (Corrosion IV), was exhibited in the Royal Academy’s Summer Show , 2010.
I have two sons, from my former marriage : Tom Fowler, a talented guitarist
and Simon Fowler, a gifted illustrator and printmaker.
The majority of my illustrations and several paintings are available for sale.
If you are interested, please email, for more information : email@example.com