I’m Ian McGowan, an 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 successful, my inclination was always towards graphic art.
After supplying illustrations for magazines and greeting cards on a part-time basis for some years, I set-up as a full-time freelance commercial artist. That was more than 20 years ago, and 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.
Bonhams have auctioned my automotive art, and my landscapes regularly feature on the cover of the popular women’s weekly People’s Friend. The UK current affairs and politics magazine New Statesman publishes my byline portraits of politicians, writers and celebrities every week.
I work collaboratively with some of UK’s best-known greeting card publishers to create great new images that sell. 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.
Other clients include: Noel Tatt, Hunkydory Crafts, TK Maxx, Otter House, Nigel Quiney Publications, Riverside Cards, The Countryman, Boundless Magazine, Hjemmet Magazine, Cherry Orchard Publishing, Graham and Brown Wallpaper Designs.
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 or if you wish a quotation.