Photo: Natalie Dowse in Portsmouth, South East

Natalie Dowse


I work from the close examination of the photographic image or extracted film still, derived from the surveillance, documentation and scrutiny of various locations. Carefully selected resource material is either used in isolation, in sequence or spliced together to make fictional scenarios, which form the basis of paintings, drawings, installations and video.

The impression of the split-second moment captured in time is often accentuated by the composition and framing of the snapshot, whether real or digitally manipulated, questioning the validity and truth of the lens-based image. By using these photographic sources, I am elevating the status of the original image by drawing on the considered value and the historic eminence of painting and image production.

The work often appears soft, blurred, degraded and out-of-focus alluding to the original photographic source, but at the same time firmly employing the language of paint through the physicality of the medium, with emphasis on exaggerated contrast, heightened colour and the brush stroke. The paintings are often produced in series and are presented as stand-alone works, or placed in sequences that are arranged in seemingly random configurations. These construct alternative narratives and acknowledge and mark moments that are irrevocably in the past.

Location Portsmouth, South East
Activities Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting, Textiles

News & Events

  • Contemporary British Painting Group Show

    03/11/2015 – 02/01/2016
    The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT

    An exhibition featuring 33 painters from the Contemporary British Painting group.

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  • The Sum of the Parts

    The Sum of the Parts is a commissioning portrait project by Natalie Dowse. Find out more here:

  • Contemporary British Painting

    01/11/2014 – 14/03/2015
    Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

    Paintings from The Priseman-Seabrook Collection. 1 November 2014 – 14 March 2015

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  • @PaintBritain

    15/11/2014 – 08/03/2015
    Ipswich Art School Gallery, High Street, Ipswich IP1 3NE

    An exhibition of contemporary British painting by 45 artists from across the UK. 15th November 2014 - 8th March 2015.

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  • Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age

    06/03/2015 – 31/03/2015
    St Marylebone Crypt, 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT

    An exhibition curated by Robert Priseman featuring the work of 11 contemporary painters. An exhibition catalogue is available to accompany this exhibition.

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