Russell Lowrey Artist Hawaii
One of Russell Lowrey’s vivid childhood memories is of driving with his parents to the North Shore of Oahu – past the sleepy towns of Kaaawa, Punalu’u and Malekahana. “Those rides were the most relaxing part of my life,”he recalls fondly. Today, Lowrey’s trademark island beachscape paintings in beautiful, soft hues reminiscent of pristine, tropical lagoons, preserve those boyhood images. “I look at my paintings as windows to the landscape; they are fairly simplistic and peaceful,” states Lowrey. “I try to depict in them the tranquility of our island environment, and living amidst the beauty and nature that surrounds us with the hope that is will stay this way.” Lowrey’s works, which have been shown extensively in exhibits and private collections in Hawaii, Canada and Europe, feature a unique combination of acrylic paints and oil pastels. The pastels travel well, are very ‘immediate’ and offer a wide range of colors, all important considerations for an artist like Lowrey who divides his time annually between Hawaii, France and Spain. Lowrey paints much of his Hawaiian beachscapes during his time abroad, but always finds time to capture the diverse beauty of France, particularly in the surroundings of Provence, where he owns a home. This past summer, Lowrey enjoyed an introduction to serigraph, or screen printing, while working with a print maker in Spain. “Art and music offer a wonderful insight and appreciation of how people live in different parts of the world,” continues Lowrey. He pauses to further reflect on importance of visual arts in his life and in a young person’s education. “When i think about how i got interested in visual arts, I immediately remember my art history teachers at Punahou,” he continues. “The presented great slide shows of trips they had taken to European museums and galleries. To me, that was visual arts because I was able to see what was being shown in Europe.Lowrey’s popular works grace the walls of nearly all of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions and numerous hotels. He also has shown his painting at many art shows, both nationally and internationally. Russels Hawaiian paintings may also be viewed in Cedar Street Gallery, Nohea Galleries, Fine Art Associates, Island Treasures, and Sunshine art galleries.