Yorkshire-born Malcolm Bowman is unusual for a contemporary artist in that he always paints in oils.

He describes it as a ‘living medium’ best seen in natural light, which can subtly alter colours and tones depending on the time of day, season and weather, and also where a painting is hung.

His larger works, with layers upon layers of paint, take many months to complete. They begin with wide brush strokes and end with tiny strokes made using a magnifying glass. By using such a technique he says that his works can be viewed from as far away as 25 yards or as close as six inches.

With a new exhibition, Period Pieces, at the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, Bowman is showing work with both figurative and abstract
elements – all with his characteristic brushwork and intensely vibrant  colours.

Bowman, who was born in High Hoyland and now lives near the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton, clearly enjoys experimenting with serial paintings.

A Window in the Woods by Malcolm Bowman
A Window in the Woods by Malcolm Bowman
 

One such ‘passage of time’ series, inspired by Edwardian seascapes, features tiny people on a beach, who are gradually lost, with only sea, sand and sky remaining.

Another series was based on capturing flowers in season by painting arrangements in vases on the same windowsill over several weeks. It is the first time these distinctive paintings have been seen in the Kirklees area.

Bowman, who studied fine art at Durham University in the 1960s, has had many solo exhibitions around the country.

He was a student of famed artists Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton, from whom he learned the importance of strong, solid construction, poetic content and a concern for the world politics of today.

His wife Anna Bowman works at the National Art Education Archive at YSP and they have four children, who have all inherited an artistic tendency.

Towards the Lake by Malcolm Bowman
Towards the Lake by Malcolm Bowman
 

The couple’s daughter Angel has become a professional artist like her father and works in London with her husband under the collaborative name Zatorski + Zatorski.

Period Pieces: Malcolm Bowman can be seen at the Hub until May 3, from 10am until 5pm Wednesday to Friday, and 10am until 3pm on Saturdays.