Joe Dowden – Biography


Joe-Dowden-artist-in-Dalvaro-Art-CoursesMy oil and watercolour paintings hang in royal palaces, government buildings and private collections around the world.

Painting travels have taken me to Russia, East Asia and the Middle East. With absolute client confidentiality, I never publish images of my private commissioned work. These include the mountains, canyons and wadis of Arabia. I have driven thousands of kilometres in off road vehicles through Middle Eastern mountains and deserts. I have run my own watercolour holidays in Croatia for many years. I have also run courses and workshops at the invitation of government, national and private organizations in several countries, including the World Watermedia Exposition in Thailand at the invitation of the Thai Department of Culture and Heritage . I have also exhibited many paintings in the Mall galleries and West End of London.

Just as I was inspired by great watercolour books, my books have inspired young overseas painters who have gone on to become international artists. Recently my paintings have featured in Pratique des Art, The Art of Watercolor and its French edition L’Art de l’Aquarelle and other magazines. My watercolours have been published in many international books and catalogues.

I did my first plein air watercolour at age 6. I have painted and drawn on location ever since. I demonstrate watercolour to audiences around the UK and the wider world. I work fast, aiming at gallery standard, without prior preparation so artists can see everything. A humorous and informative conversation with the audience helps. Many of these “demo” paintings have gone into international exhibitions.

In 2014, I started the England branch of the International Watercolor Society, at the request of IWS President Atanur Dogan. IWS England has enabled many British Isles painters to exhibit internationally. We have several projects going. We are preparing to do You Tube live streaming with one of our international masters at the SAA Newark- UK TV Studios. We also have a forthcoming magazine project. These projects are with the UK based Society for All Artists.

Selling paintings is my business, with an emphasis on selling internationally. I spend a limited amount of time teaching. I make teaching a special time which counts for art students.

When travelling I learn from many artists I meet around the world. To live is to learn. If you keep learning, your paintings will live. I can pass on knowledge, observation, and specific information which has helped me as a professional painter. I can explain the procedures, tried and tested methods, and tricks of my own watercolour trade.

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Recent and Current Exhibitions                

2014. World Watermedia Expostion Thailand 2014

Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre, Bangkok.

  1. Masters of Watercolour. 2014 – 2015

Grand Hall of the Association of Artsits, St Petersburg.

  1. Fabriano in Arte 2015. Exhibiting as Group Leader for England delegation.Joe-Dowden-in-Dalvaro-Art-Courses

(International Watercolor Society England branch head).

  1. World Watercolor Triennale, 2015.

Seoul, South Korea.

  1. Indian Biennial 2015.

New Delhi. Award Winner.

  1. Russian Biennialle. Kremlin Architectural Museum,

Moscow. The first International Watercolour Exhibition in Moscow

  1. Fabriano in Aquarelle 2016 .

England Leader.

  1. 24 Global Masters.

Thailand. Bangkok. September 2016.

  1. Forthcoming. Turkey, Greece, Ukraine. Taiwan, Thailand, Nepal,


Juried exhibitions and competitions have included:  


Sunday Times Exhibition

Chichester Open Exhibition

Royal Watercolour Society

Royal Society of Marine Artists


Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour

World of Watercolours at The Park Lane and Dorchester Hotels, London.


Fact file.

Long term professional landscape painter.

Books published in many languages.

Started plein air painting as a child.

Has demonstrated watercolour regularly for 24 years.

One of the fastest watercolour demonstrators working to exhibition standards.

Sells more work overseas than in UK homeland.

Head of International Watercolor Society ENGLAND.

Author and TV/Video presenter.

Has many links with international artists and other countries.

Loves Middle Eastern landscapes for their mood and atmosphere.





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