Arthur Wellington Fowles 1815-1883

Arthur Wellington Fowles was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight where he lived and worked all his life. Living on the Solent and near Cowes gave Fowles access to the great yachts of the early days of British racing, especially those attached to the Royal Yacht Squadron.  He also excelled in subjects associated with Queen Victoria's frequent visits to her official residence, Osborne House, fairly close to Ryde.  


He is most famous for documenting the Schooner 'America' in her first campaign in England for the trophy that eventually became the prestigious America's Cup.  His major works are in the National Maritime Museum, Ryde Town Hall, and at the Bury Art Gallery and Museum. The printmaker T.G. Dutton produced many of his paintings as lithographs.


Wellington is best known for visiting different abandoned lands and then saving them by painting the beauty of flora and fauna. His most remarkable artworks are exhibited at different academies and art galleries, including The Indiana, his finest portrait. He would try his best to encapsulate the geographical locations of those places he'd visit and show the world the significance of that place. He would get to the idea of natural and mineral resources and their less beneficial use. He had created lots of paintings regarding different themes. Wellington's beloved themes were; nature, geography, ships, sea, storm, and life in the sea at night.


According to Wellington: Art might be a way to discover your world or imagination, and painting is one of the greatest arts. He would keep an opinion that, in this way, life is an art, and it may inspire a beginner painter to take steps into learning a new medium or an accomplished artist to experiment with a new technique. Art, according to him, is teaching, and one can learn life through art more than anything else. For Wellington, paintings can be exciting, empowering, and a language of love.


He further believed that painting could be a challenge. It can be frustrating and rewarding simultaneously, taking one to a sense of accomplishment - or dedication and commitment to do more. Wellington's idea of painting was of the message, politics, peace and stillness, brutality, or beauty and brains. His paintings could be an escape from life or an idealization, or playfully it implies play. He was an artist of thoughts who knew how to verbalise them. He would verbalise his thoughts and ideas by painting them through oils and watercolours. This was his way of delivering a sensible thought to the world. He would call it "my cent of contribution."