I’m Ian McGowan, a commercial artist who paints and draws for publication. I supply illustrations for books and magazines and images for advertising, product packaging, greeting cards, stationery, giftwrap and fabrics.
My roots have always been in art and design. I qualified as a chartered landscape architect during the 1980’s and practised for a number of years. While my career as a landscape architect was very successful – I was co-director of the UK’s largest landscape design practice and my work gained two Civic Trust Awards and national recognition – my inclination was always towards commercial art.
After supplying illustrations for magazines and greeting cards on a part-time basis for some years, I took the plunge and set up as a full-time freelance commercial artist. That was more than 20 years ago. I have never looked back.
Today, I am privileged to see my work published throughout the world in books and magazines, advertisements, product packaging, fabrics and greeting cards – in fact anywhere the painted image is used.
I also create gallery art for sale to the public. (If you would like to own some original artwork, keep looking in because I frequently sell paintings here on the site).
My work gets around. Southeby’s have auctioned my automotive art, and my landscapes regularly feature on the cover of the popular women’s weekly People’s Friend. For over six years, the current affairs and politics magazine New Statesman has published my weekly byline portraits of politicians, writers and celebrities.
I work collaboratively with some of UK’s best-known greeting card publishers to create great new images that sell – among them household names like Noel Tatt, Otter House and Nigel Quiney. Brits love greeting cards – no wonder the UK greeting card industry is said to be worth over 1.7bn a year!
The US fabric giant Robert Kaufman Inc creates fabrics featuring my work that sell across six continents.
In the theatre world, London-based Password Productions use my illustrations to promote forthcoming events – most recently, Maureen Lipman’s sellout one-woman show at the Edinburgh Festival.
I hope you will enjoy browsing my website, which I try to keep up-to-date as best I can within a busy working schedule. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to know more.