For this work, Frank Bowling used a photograph of his mother taken by the photographer Tina Tranter. In 1969, Bowling and Tranter travelled to New Amsterdam together, and images from that trip appear in several of Bowling’s works from this period. Creating a stencil from the image, Bowling used screenprinting techniques along with acrylics to incorporate the image into this painting, the title referencing his birthplace.
Original: Acrylic paint and silkscreened ink on canvas 284 x 328.3 cm Sheldon Inwentash and Lynn Factor, Toronto
Frank Bowling (born 1934) moved to Britain in his late teens from Guyana, and studied painting at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj and Derek Boshier, graduating in 1962 with the Silver Medal in painting. Bowling’s work combines figuration, abstract elements, contemporary and autobiographical references with intense experimentation and exploration of the possibilities of paint. He was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005, and awarded an OBE in 2008. He continues to work in his studios in New York and London.