Photo: Rebecca Lowe in Leeds, Yorkshire

Rebecca Lowe


Painting and drawing forms part of an engagement with landscape and objects, experiences of contemplation and concentration, moving through, inside and outside. I try to balance process and image, surface and space, light and time. I work with oil paints, resins and waxes on wooden panels and pencil, charcoal and graphite powder on paper. Making my own gesso ground, experimenting with different recipes and consistencies, begins a rhythmic process of layering, building a luminous surface that continues within and through the painting. I use drawing to explore what I see through touch and mark-making, so it is both cognitive and sensory. Sometimes photography, like the paintings, is used to explore mutability and transience within a still image. I am influenced by post-minimalist aesthetics, botanical drawing, still life, radical abstraction, and periods in Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics where there has been a refinement to simple and reductive elements. Specific influences include Peter Saenredam, J. M. W. Turner, John Ruskin, Paul Cezanne, Giorgio Morandi, Gwen John, Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Rudolf de Crignis, Antonio Tabucchi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gaston Bachelard.

The Intervals series began with the keeping of a daily visual record of natural light reflected from a warm-white, Indian porcelain bowl during a twelve hour period. I used layers of semi-translucent glazes with directional brushstrokes, alternating so that they formed a weave. As each layer dried, the next, when brushed against it, became a rubbing of the existing surface. The series title is a musical term for the space between notes and alludes to the subtle spaces between colours and to the passage of time between events. Recent work has concentrated on the surfaces of Chinese pottery from the Song and Tang Dynasties. Current work responds to stillness, movement and time in landscape.

I am also a library assistant at Leeds College of Art and, since 2004, have developed a special collection of artists' books, organising and collaborating on a regular series of exhibitions and events themed around the collection.



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Location Leeds, Yorkshire
Activities Higher education, Further education, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Collecting
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting
Tags Landscape, Still Life, Surface, Light, Space, Time, Abstract, Touch, Object, Language

News & Events

  • Shelf Life

    10/09/2015 – 10/10/2015
    PS Mirabel, Mirabel Studios, 14/20 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ

    PS Mirabel Open Exhibition 2015 Private View: Thursday 10 September 2015, 6 - 9pm

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  • PS Mirabel Open Exhibition 2015: Shelf Life

    Two drawings from my Surface / Drawing series have been accepted for inclusion in PS Mirabel's open exhibition, Shelf Life.

  • Lines for Agnes

    01/09/2015 – 30/10/2015
    The Crypt, St. Marylebone Parish Church

    9 contemporary painters in dialogue with Agnes Martin: an exhibition curated by Ruth Philo and Terry Greene in association with Contemporary British Painting | Private View 1 Sep 2015, 6 - 8 pm

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  • Painted Surface: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting

    01/08/2015 – 15/08/2015
    Surface Gallery, Nottingham

    Excited to be showing 'Celadon' in this juried exhibition of contemporary painters from across the world, "featuring works that expand the definition of painting". PV: 31st July 6-9PM

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  • Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge - Private View

    Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Leeds LS2 8PH

    One intervention: nineteen artists. Join us for a private view of artist and writer, Sharon Kivland's publications and work produced for her Library Intervention at Leeds College of Art in 2014.

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  • Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge

    13/04/2015 – 12/06/2015
    Leeds College of Art Library (Vernon Street)

    A display of work created in response to Sharon Kivland's Library Intervention in 2014. The work of 18 artists will be shown with Sharon's work from the library's special collection of artists' books.

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  • Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You

    25/03/2015 – 29/03/2015
    East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, St. Mary's Lane, LS9 7EH

    A postcard exhibition which is part of Curio-sea-ty, a project exploring human relationships with the sea, curated by Hondartza Fraga and Lorna Barrowclough.

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  • Del Mar Para Ti / From Sea to You

    19/12/2014 – 21/12/2014
    Poca Gallery, Calle de Abatxolo N°5-Izquierda (Lonja), Portugalete 48920, Bizkaia

    Group exhibition of images exploring human relationships with the sea. The works on show will be postcards printed from digital images.

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  • Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland

    Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AQ.

    5 - 7pm. A report on knowledge from Sharon and her elective agents with readings, performance, a film and library tours. Refreshments will also be provided.

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  • Graham Head: The TEXT cupboard within the house of IMAGE

    Leeds College of Art, Vernon Street Library, Vernon Street, Leeds, LS2 8PH

    The first in a series of informal conversational events based around the ambivalent interrelation of IMAGE & TEXT. 9 - 4pm. Please ring 0113 2028094 for more details.

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  • Same But Different Art Fair

    12/04/2014 – 13/04/2014
    Temple Newsam Walled Gardens, Leeds

    Over 80 artists showing inside the beautiful walled gardens of Temple Newsam. I will exhibit a collection of recent pencil drawings of shells, flowers, fields, fossils and other favourite objects.

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