Bowling has indicated that the title of this thickly textured painting relates to his son Sacha’s first trip to Guyana with his father in 1988, Bowling’s first trip back to his birthplace in many years. He asked his son to look out at the ocean and see if he could recognise any connection with his paintings. Sacha told Bowling that ‘[in] this heat haze where everything looks flat, and with very little depth, what I had been trying to do with my art ... There it was, visible to any eye’.
Sacha Jason Guyana Dreams
Date of work
Original: Acrylic paint and resin on canvas 178 x 136 cm Tate. Purchased 2006
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.