Olwyn Bowey RA studied at the West Hartlepool School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where she received a First Class Diploma, a continuation scholarship and a David Murray Landscape Scholarship.
Her first exhibition was at the Leicester Galleries, London, and she contributed to group exhibitions at the Zwemmer Gallery, London in 1961 and the New Grafton Gallery, London in 1969. Initially interested in portraiture, she later moved to the countryside to concentrate on landscape and still-life, being particularly interested in the tradition of the artist plantsman. An exhibition on this theme, entitled Olwyn Bowey Drawings, was held in the Friends’ Room at the Academy in 2000.
Bowey was the recipient of the Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Woman Artist at the RA’s Summer Exhibition 2016. Her work was also selected to be displayed as part of an Academicians in Focus exhibition, on display in the Belle Shenkman Room at the Royal Academy of Arts, 31 October 2016 until 27 March 2017.
Elected as a Royal Academician in 1975 (ARA 1970), Bowey is also an Honorary Member of the Royal West of England Academy and an Associate of the Royal College of Art.