Camilla Dowse

I paint with acrylic and ink on gesso board. I enjoy the texture and absorbent qualities of gesso and mix my own, sanding it to form just the right surface I prefer to work on. I love painting buildings and their traits; a simple uniform pattern of windows, unusual town centre lettering, a curve of an ornate cornice, rusting fire escapes and crumbling stonework, all fascinate me. Buildings can take on a character of their own and my urban landscapes can be both light and lyrical or moody and dark. I also paint to commission and have completed numerous works for private and corporate clients including Blackwells Publishers of Oxford.

My work has taken me around the world; I spent two months in the South West of France painting the towns and cities of the Gascony region as well as three months in America. My work in America included 18 paintings of the historical buildings along the ‘Freedom Trail’ for Nextera Enterprises of Boston.

In 2014 Camilla won Artist of the Year in Artists & Illustrators Magazine. This was followed in 2015 by a solo exhibition of new work presented by the Jonathan Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, London. She’s been shortlisted twice for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, in 2015 and 2017, and won the Chairman’s Prize at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition in 2017.

Camilla lives and works in South Oxfordshire, England.

“We looked at thousands of great artworks during the various stages of judging but Camilla’s painting was one to which all of the panel returned again and again. Was it the celebratory bunting and controlled splashes of paint that attracted us to it? Or was it the coolly refined palette? Maybe it was the deceptively simple composition and charming subject choice? Or perhaps it was the rigorous draughtsmanship under all those painterly textures? In truth, it was all of those things and more. This is a deserving win for a very promising artist.” Steve Pill, editor Artists & Illustrators Magazine.