Slipstream in oil – Dayna Cowper – 2003

Dayna Cowper

Painter - Oils and Watercolours

Nidderdale

About

I was born in Leeds in 1945. I have lived and worked in Nidderdale for 20 years. I had a studio in Glasshouses Mill for 13 years, but now I work from home. Whilst at the mill I organised open exhibitions and exhibitions of my work under the name ‘Art in the Clocktower’ as part of the Nidderdale Arts Festival – an earlier summer festival, part of which became the NiddArt Trail. I have been a member of the Pateley Bridge Art Club for 20 years and now chair and co-ordinate the group. I spent a year, 1972/3, attending life drawing classes at Goldsmiths College, London, an Adult Diploma course at the Harrogate College of Art from 1975 to 1977 and Bradford College of Art from 1993 to 1996 where I gained a BA(hons) degree in Fine Art and Design.

I became interested in abstraction/non-figurative art in the 1970’s at a time when John Berger’s book ‘Ways of Seeing’ was influential in changing the way I looked and saw the world. I was encouraged to experiment with painting, drawing and colour and I found I was able to express more about a subject than I had previously found possible.

Slipstream in oil - Dayna Cowper - 2003

Dayna Cowper

Painter - Oils and Watercolours

Nidderdale

About

I was born in Leeds in 1945. I have lived and worked in Nidderdale for 20 years. I had a studio in Glasshouses Mill for 13 years, but now I work from home. Whilst at the mill I organised open exhibitions and exhibitions of my work under the name ‘Art in the Clocktower’ as part of the Nidderdale Arts Festival – an earlier summer festival, part of which became the NiddArt Trail. I have been a member of the Pateley Bridge Art Club for 20 years and now chair and co-ordinate the group. I spent a year, 1972/3, attending life drawing classes at Goldsmiths College, London, an Adult Diploma course at the Harrogate College of Art from 1975 to 1977 and Bradford College of Art from 1993 to 1996 where I gained a BA(hons) degree in Fine Art and Design.

I became interested in abstraction/non-figurative art in the 1970’s at a time when John Berger’s book ‘Ways of Seeing’ was influential in changing the way I looked and saw the world. I was encouraged to experiment with painting, drawing and colour and I found I was able to express more about a subject than I had previously found possible.

My work

About my work

The subject of my work is the physicality of paint and colour, how they work, what they do. Each new painting is a journey of discovery. When a shape of colour is put on the canvas and a second colour added they affect each other. Colour, texture, size and shape of colour, what happens at the edges of shapes of colour, quality of mark making, these are all considerations in my work.

The initial stimulus for my work is in response to the local environment and my love of walking in the countryside. My paintings evoke the patterns and features of the landscape and are concerned with the physical experience of being in those landscapes where the senses are stimulated and impressions remain.

The paintings I have chosen to show are retrospective examples of my work.

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