is one of Frank Bowling’s ‘poured paintings’, a technique he created to explore ‘pure paint possibilities’ to push the boundaries of the act of painting. After building a titled platform in 1973 that allowed him to pour paint from a height of up to two metres, Bowling create a series of works in this way, challenging his abstract predecessors in his exploration of painting experiences – taking Morris Louis’ poured and intermingled stains further by using thick, bright paints. Bowling has refuted the metaphors viewers have found in these paintings, saying ‘People kept talking about waterfalls, phallic references – all of the extra stuff that has nothing to do with painting.’
Date of work
Original: Acrylic paint and spray paint on two canvases 273.6 x 492 cm Private collection, Germany
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.