Camilla Dowse

Artist Statement
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.

I have recently won Artist of the Year 2014 for my painting Quay Hill - awarded by Artists & Illustrators Magazine.
"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.