Many of Bowling’s paintings from the 1980s are evocative of water, in both their titles and their use of colour, rippled texture and dappled brush-marks. Bowling has cited two of his influences as the great English landscape painters (such as Turner) and the American abstract artists, and in paintings such as Jetty II
we can see how Bowling has used their influence to create something entirely his.
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Original: Acrylic paint, Original: Acrylic gel, Original: Acrylic foam and other materials on canvas 143 x 106 cm Private collection
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.