This piece is one of a series of three Barticaborn
paintings. The title is autobiographical, and as one of Bowling’s seminal ‘Map paintings’, it explores themes of identity, journeys and abstraction with its use of a stencilled outline of Africa, layered with acrylics, spray paints and oil wax on canvas. The recognisable outline draws the viewer closer, whereby the multiple textures, layers and colours become evident.
Date of work
Original: Acrylic paint, spray paint and oil wax on canvas 234 x 122.4 cm Collection of Robert Lowinger
Frank Bowling (born 1936) 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.