PAINTINGS

“I am attracted to ways that paint can both materialise and disintegrate images and influence our perception of things.”

 

Miles Lowry 

LETTERS FROM THE TREES

 

The Irish alphabet known as Ogham was scratched and carved into stone around the 4th century. According to the medieval scribes who came to Ireland and recorded it in several existing manuscripts, the letters played an important role in the Bardic oral tradition of honouring sacred trees and plants through storytelling.

On these medieval manuscripts, the Ogham was written left to right. On the original stones, the Ogham letters are read bottom to top. For my work, I write them as a tree grows -
from the bottom up. The alphabet is made of 25 letters constructed using a vertical baseline (the tree), with perpendicular marks (the branches) stemming from or crossing over this line horizontally or diagonally. Each letter has a tree or plant associated with it. The first letter being B, Birch or Beith in Irish, is the tree of beginnings.

The multi-word phrase-oghams or kennings I have used in my work are from the 14th century Book of Ballymote. This provided an important source of the original Irish phrases as they act as riddles from another time that are open to new inspiration. I was fortunate to view the original manuscript in person at the Royal Library in Dublin in June 2019.

I merge modern pigments, paper, wax and wood with handmade inks based on medieval recipes by boiling oak galls or acorns. Trees are sometimes both the substance and the subject of the works. At times the Ogham script is subsumed into the work becoming its very texture. The fusion of mark-making and language is at the centre of my approach as I explore the Ogham trees, their symbolism, and how they can portray abstract expressions, reflect hidden communications and inspire spiritual investigations.

 

Miles Lowry - Victoria 2019

Ómra / Amber
Ómra / Amber

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 26" x36" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Sacred Grove / Garrán Naofa
Sacred Grove / Garrán Naofa

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 36" x48" Signed Date created: 2019 N/A

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Ogham Grove / Ogham Garrá
Ogham Grove / Ogham Garrá

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 36" x 48" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Nine Waves
Nine Waves

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 36" x 48" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Ogham Alphabet and Notes
Ogham Alphabet and Notes

Original Artwork Miles Lowry Oak and acorn ink on handmilled paper 9" x 20 " {11" x 22" framed} Signed Date created: 2019 n/a

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Anam/Soul
Anam/Soul

Original Artwork Miles Lowry Sumi (pine ink) on handmilled paper 9" x 20 " {11" x 22" framed} Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Puzzle Ogham
Puzzle Ogham

Original Artwork Miles Lowry Oak, acorn ink on handmilled paper 9" x 20 " {11" x 22" framed} Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Pack of Wolves/Conal Cuan
Pack of Wolves/Conal Cuan

Original Artwork Miles Lowry Oak, acorn ink on handmilled paper 9" x 20 " {11" x 22" framed} Signed Date created: 2019 n/a

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Two Moons - Gathering / Dhá Gealacha
Two Moons - Gathering / Dhá Gealacha

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30” x 40” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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Field Ogham - Stories / Scéalta Ogha
Field Ogham - Stories / Scéalta Ogha

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 36" x48" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Door - Duir (Oak)
Door - Duir (Oak)

Original Artwork Miles Lowry sumi (pine) and acorn ink on mulberry paper mounted to Birch panel 36" x48" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Field Ogham - Secrets / Rúin Ogham
Field Ogham - Secrets / Rúin Ogham

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 36" x48" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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The School of Ogham
The School of Ogham

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 30" x 40" Signed Date created: 2017 private collection

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Ballymote Fragment
Ballymote Fragment

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax and wood 30" x 40" Signed Price is subject to change. Available at Love & Liberty

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Heartwood / Croí Adhmad
Heartwood / Croí Adhmad

Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and birch panel 24" x 36" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Reconcilliation Ogham - Birch/Beith
Reconcilliation Ogham - Birch/Beith

Original Artwork Miles Lowry titanium pigment and indigo on birch panel 8" x 24" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Synonym for a Friend - Aspen / Eadha
Synonym for a Friend - Aspen / Eadha

Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and birch panels (2) dyptich {3" x 18 x 1.5"} x 2 Signed Date created: 2019 n/a

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Beginning of an Answer
Beginning of an Answer

Original Artwork Miles Lowry indigo and titanium white on birch panel 3" x 24" x 1.5" Signed Date created: 2019 n/a

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Ceasefire / Sos Comhraic
Ceasefire / Sos Comhraic

Original Artwork Ceasefire / Sos Comhraic - A Talisman to End Conflict Miles Lowry pigment on birch panel 3" x 30" x 3" Signed Price is subject to change. Date created: 2019 Available at Love & Liberty

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Ogham Alphabet
Ogham Alphabet

Original Artwork Miles Lowry paper, pigment and wax on birch panel 3" x 30" x 3" Signed Date created: 2019 n/a

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From Within / Ó Laistigh
From Within / Ó Laistigh

Original Artwork Miles Lowry watercolor and oak gall ink on Fabriano Satinata paper 9" x 12" Signed Date created: 2019 private collection

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ONE WAVE

 
One Wave Oracle
One Wave Oracle

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood Signed  Date created: 2021 Inquire for availability

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One Wave for a New Era
One Wave for a New Era

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 24" Signed  Date created: 2020 Inquire for availability

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One Wave April Morning
One Wave April Morning

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 24" Signed  Date created: 2020 Inquire for availability

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One Wave for a Purple Sky
One Wave for a Purple Sky

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 24" Signed  Date created: 2020 Inquire for availability

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One Wave for the Irish Sea
One Wave for the Irish Sea

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 24" Signed  Date created: 2020 Inquire for availability

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One Wave to Meet Again
One Wave to Meet Again

Miles Lowry Original Artwork Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 24" Signed  Date created: 2020 Inquire for availability

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INSIDE PASSAGE

 

In the summer of 1977 I was hired to work on a short film celebrating the explorer James Cook. My job was as a make-up artist for the actor playing him. I was excited to travel the Inside Passage on the Queen of Prince Rupert which made the journey in 20 hours departing from Prince Rupert and Kelsey Bay on alternate days.

 

For ten days the ship travelled through a network of islands in the protected waters of British Columbia’s central and northern coastline. After several days of going back and forth I found myself recognizing some of the little islands but never knowing their names. I took no camera or sketchbook so I would sit and gaze into the passing scenery between takes. The effect was like a long dream of repeating scenes illuminated and made emotional by the unpredictable weather and light of the Pacific Northwest.

 

In the winter of 2017/ 2018, I found myself painting spontaneously on small wooden panels during a very wet and stormy  winter in Victoria. The paintings seemed to be coming out of the weather but the images kept reminding me of that very focused time that autumn after I graduated high school. Like many things that happen for the first time the experience had left a strong impression. Before I knew it, I began the series Inside Passage based on years of living here in the Pacific Northwest and a small voyage of discovery over 40 years ago that has never ended.

 

Miles Lowry - Victoria 2018

The Opening Word
The Opening Word

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 24" x 30" 2018 Available at Love & Liberty

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The Coming Rain
The Coming Rain

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 6" x 8" 2017 Available at Eclectic Gallery

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Inland Passage
Inland Passage

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 6" x 8" 2017 Available at Eclectic Gallery

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Wakening
Wakening

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2018 Available at Love & Liberty

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Northerly
Northerly

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2018 private collection

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Beyond the Town
Beyond the Town

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2017 Available at Love & Liberty

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Passage
Passage

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2018 Available at Love & Liberty

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Inside Passage
Inside Passage

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 24" x 40" 2018 private collection

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Tsunami Warning
Tsunami Warning

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2017 N/A

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Discovery
Discovery

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 8" x 20" 2018 Available at Love & Liberty

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Inside Passage 1
Inside Passage 1

Miles Lowry pigment, wax and wood 6" x 20" 2018 nfs

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ABOVE AND BELOW

 

"My paintings on Mulberry paper emerge through complex brush marks and atmospheric, translucent layers of drawing, spraying and under-painting.

 

I am fascinated by evanescence - where at a certain hour light reaches into shadow and something is momentarily exposed or a string of birds against the sky create an image for a second only..."

Miles Lowry

“Luminescence fluctuates, ebbs and flows, in Lowry’s works, like a pulse. His painting would seem to suggest that somewhere at the substratum of all matter is simply light, pure light. Perhaps involved in an intimate dance with shape, it provides the pulse of the seen world with infinite regressions of fractal arabesques – signs and inscriptions only to be read by means of a complete surrender of formal expectations."  

 

Yvonne Owens, La Vie Des Arts, Montreal 2016  

Cove
Cove

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2017 private collection

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What the Moon Sees
What the Moon Sees

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 24" 2016 inquire for availability

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The Smell of Rain
The Smell of Rain

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 52" 2016 private collection

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Above and Below
Above and Below

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2016 private collection

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Above and Below II
Above and Below II

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2017 private collection

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Water Music
Water Music

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2016 private collection

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Thunderwing
Thunderwing

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2017 private collection

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Opening Passage
Opening Passage

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30" X 40" 2017 private collection

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Meeting Across the Water
Meeting Across the Water

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30" X 40" 2017 n/a

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Luma
Luma

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2017 n/a

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Full Moon -  Annaghmakerrig Lake
Full Moon - Annaghmakerrig Lake

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2016 n/a

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Moonscribe
Moonscribe

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 16" X 20" 2016 n/a

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Moonflame
Moonflame

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 24" 2017 n/a

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August Moon
August Moon

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 25 X 37 inches 2007 n/a *Available as a Limited Edition

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HEROES AND ORPHANS

 

"My Heroes and Orphans are glimpses of face-to-face encounters with friends and strangers transformed through the act of capturing their form. To create these portraits I first draw with pencils on translucent mulberry paper - chasing the resemblance that a photograph gives. Then through a process of spraying and brushing colors a familiar face emerges, an ecstatic moment, a brief attitude. I crush and distress the paper while continuing to paint and the resulting works reveal various personas materializing through intersections of drawing, painting and chance."

Miles Lowry

Errol
Errol

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 inquire for availability

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Fionn
Fionn

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 n/a

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Surrender
Surrender

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 n/a

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Musician
Musician

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2015 n/a

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Swimmer
Swimmer

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 6" X 8" 2015 inquire for availability

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Connor
Connor

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 6" X 8" 2015 n/a

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Golden
Golden

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2016 n/a

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Blindsight
Blindsight

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 11" X 14" 2011 inquire for availability

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Adorn
Adorn

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 n/a

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Patti
Patti

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 n/a

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Patti
Patti

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2010 n/a

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FEATHERING

 

“Feathering is a term from aeronautics which means to turn off the engine of a plane while in flight. In music it is the very light and delicate use of a bow. In painting it refers to a subtle spreading of pigment. Here, I observe the trajectory of swallows feathering through space, flying and free falling against the sky.”

 

Miles Lowry

Solo
Solo

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2011 n/a

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Dive
Dive

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2011 n/a

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Summering
Summering

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 58" 2016 *Available as a Limited Edition

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Feathering
Feathering

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12" X 24" 2010 *Available as a Limited Edition

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News of the World
News of the World

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12" X 14" 2012 n/a

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Climb
Climb

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2011 n/a

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Transatlantic
Transatlantic

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 38" X 77" 2010 n/a

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Soloist
Soloist

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12" X 24" 2012 Available at Love & Liberty

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The Feather Chase
The Feather Chase

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 78" 2016 *Available as a Limited Edition

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BREATHING SPACES

 

"'Breathing Spaces' is a solo exhibition of works created during my continued artistic residencies in Ireland. This current series reflects a fresh attention to landscape on the edge of abstraction.

 

The paintings manifest through complex brush marks and layers of translucent and opaque atmospheres. In some ways the brush-marks suggest the meditative detailing of mandalas. Layers of mineral pigments are controlled by the flow of water over the surface of the Mulberry paper. The colour is brushed, poured and thrown. The paper is creased and crushed and eventually mounted flat to birch wood panels. The final layer is a fine coating of bees wax sometimes infused with pigment or scraped away. Each layer combines with the previous to add definition, to create colour tension, and to gesturally define abstract space. It is the world in a state of becoming visible.

 

The resulting process feels as if the paintings were made by rain and wind and sun, a feeling that comes from the Irish countryside in the May-time called Bealtaine. My aim with 'Breathing Spaces' is to share a time away, an interval and opportunity to be simply present in the world with nature." 

 

- Miles Lowry​

 

This exhibition was created as part of Lowry's 2019 Residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland. A selection of the works in this collection were on display and interrupted by Covid-19 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery in Victoria, BC March 12 - April 12, 2020. ​

Annalore
Annalore

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 18" x 38 x 1.5" 2020 original n/a *Limited Edition available at Love & Liberty!

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Skyward
Skyward

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48 X 1" 2019 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Fox's Field
Fox's Field

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48 X 1" 2019 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Blossom Lake
Blossom Lake

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12" X 36 X 1" 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Crom
Crom

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 47" x 27” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Lake Landing
Lake Landing

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12” x 36” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Field for the Unspoken
Field for the Unspoken

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 18” x 24” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Breathing Space
Breathing Space

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12” x 60” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Tosach (Beginning)
Tosach (Beginning)

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 18” x 24” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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An Lochan (The Pool)
An Lochan (The Pool)

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 20” x 16” x 1” 2019 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Amaranthine
Amaranthine

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 18” x 14” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Glasloch
Glasloch

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 10” x 8” x 1” 2019 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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School of Ogham II
School of Ogham II

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30" X 36" X 1.5" 2019 To purchase: Available at Love & Liberty

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Hidden Lake
Hidden Lake

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 48” x 36” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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Lake to Land
Lake to Land

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 12” x 36” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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What the Moon Sees
What the Moon Sees

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 22” x 38” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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Two Moons
Two Moons

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30” x 40” x 1” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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Breathing Spaces
Breathing Spaces

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30” x 40” x 1” 2019 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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Copper Beech
Copper Beech

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36” x 48” x 1.5” 2020 To purchase: Available at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Sales Gallery

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School of Ogham
School of Ogham

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 30" X 36" 2017 N/A

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Mullaghmore Ireland
Mullaghmore Ireland

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 36" X 48" 2017 n/a

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Wild Fall
Wild Fall

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 9" X 12" 2015 n/a

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The Bog Garden
The Bog Garden

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 16" X 20" 2010 n/a

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Path of Yews
Path of Yews

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 24" X 72" 2015 inquire for availability

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Yews Aghabog
Yews Aghabog

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 6" X 8" 2006 n/a

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Aghabog Cedar
Aghabog Cedar

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 6" X 8" 2006 n/a

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Naming the Light
Naming the Light

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 11" X 14" 2006 n/a

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Irish Yews
Irish Yews

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 11" X 17" 2017 *Available as a Limited Edition

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From the Park
From the Park

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 8" X 6" 2006 n/a

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To the City
To the City

Miles Lowry paper, pigment, wax, wood 8" X 6" 2006 n/a

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