This painting, one of Frank Bowling’s more recent works, uses several of the techniques he has developed over the course of his career. Poured, dripped and spilled paint covers the canvas, and two round imprints from the bottom of a paint bucket adorn the piece, contributing to the overall exploration of paint by way of a ‘controlled accident’. This experimental technique was first used by Bowling in Vitacress
, 1981, and became a recurring device to produce new and effective results.
Remember Thine Eyes
Date of work
Original: Acrylic paint on canvas 237.5 x 189 cm Courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales Gallery
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.