The Village on the Hill, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire

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Owen Bowen was born in Leeds and his artistic talent was nurtured from an early age; exhibiting and selling paintings from 1888. He had a studio in Leeds and painted in the Staithes area, eventually renting a cottage at Robin Hood’s Bay. From this base he participated in the Staithes Group of artists and the Staithes Art Club. He was also a member of the Wharfedale group of painters who exhibited at Rochdale Art Gallery in 1928. He worked on the principle that the foundation of landscape painting was light and as such he was committed to painting outside whenever possible. To assist his work he built a caravan on wheels from an old hearse and installed a stove to keep warm in winter.

Touchstones Rochdale



The Village on the Hill, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire




oil on canvas


H 72 x W 92 cm

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purchased from the artist, 1946

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