About the Artist
Jean Lowndes was born and raised on a farm in North County Dublin. Her appreciation of nature, the central theme in her work, stems from her earliest years spent here. Growing up, she developed a deep gratitude for the aesthetics of the surrounding landscape. This rural setting paved the way for her ever evolving relationship with trees and forestry, evident in her use of organic shapes and colours. Prior to her painting career, Lowndes expressed her visual sensibilities through personal and interior design, and continuously amassed inspirational scenes and objects that would later inform her paintings, such as her Farmland Animals series.
Lowndes began painting in 1996 after a fall from which she sustained physical injuries and subsequent surgeries. She has described this shift in career pursuit as ‘the best decision of her life’. Lowndes initially began painting as a joyous activity and later attained a style that, although evidently follows the fundamental steps of palette knife painting, is completely her own. Her paintings, predominantly consisting of oil on canvas, depict an impasto technique to draw on picturesque landscapes. Her tactile layering of paint is instantly recognisable, as arrays of primary and exaggerated colours are often mixed and merged, adding depth and texture to the canvas. Her profound love of nature is inextricably linked to her work, hence the settings she witnesses inform the act of painting. In the past, Lowndes has transformed coastal and woodland scenes into atmospherical dispositions, using this distinctive repertoire, challenging conventional picture making and inviting the viewer to engage with the work. Her paintings evoke an emotional experience and have been described in the past as ‘calming’, this can be seen in the rhythm of her knife strokes. Lowndes’ paintings offer themselves for interior environments. She has exhibited work at the House: Ireland’s Interior Design Show on three occasions and frequently creates large scale commissions for both public and private spaces.
Lowndes most recent work deploys a vigorous development in her practice. her familiar scenic seascapes, this new collection of work exposes a virtuosic handling of colour – spotlighting strong yellows, sky blues, pinks and lively greens. Lowndes’ use of colour and light is apprised by her personal experiences with specific locations. Her Sunsets collection approach as we see a three-dimensional sequence of yellows, imitating sun rays spanning across the canvas. Jarring navy and black brushstrokes surround the edges of the image indicating night time’s arrival, capturing a vivid moment experienced by the artist. The Harbour Series of paintings exude a palpable energy that imparts Lowndes’ passion for art and nature combined. Lowndes exhibits regularly at Merrion Square Outdoor Gallery and the Red Stables in Clontarf. She is a member of the Interior Design Association . She has exhibited widely throughout Ireland at Art Source Annual Event RDS, Kilkenny Art Show, Flavors of Fingal County Show, Newbridge House Donabate, and Gifted Event RDS, Dublin. She has work on permanent display at Crafters Kilrane, Co. Wexford and Little Shop of Treasures Bray Forthcoming shows this year The Red Stables Clontarf September 24th/29th and October 22nd to November 3rd. Art Source RDS November 15th through 17th and Gifted Rds 4th/8th December 2019