In the 1980s, Frank Bowling explored the possibilities of his ‘poured paintings’ even further by pouring, staining, splashing and flicking paint from different directions, layering the paint and thickening it with gels, or thinning it with water or ammonia. Like Ah Susan Whoosh
, 1981, it is difficult not to picture this abstract piece as a seascape, with the dark shadow to the right of the work teasingly reminiscent of the work’s title.
Date of work
Original: Acrylic paint on canvas 250.5 x 189 cm Private collection
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.