Day 262- Frank Bowling- Freedom in the Abstract

It’s Day 262 and when I found today’s artist I got pretty excited about doing a tribute for him!  Join me in honoring Frank Bowling today. 🙂

Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling 'Julia' (1975) courtesy of Tate website.

Frank Bowling ‘Julia’ (1975) courtesy of Tate website.

Richard Sheridan Franklin Bowling, known as Frank Bowling, OBE (born 29 February 1936), is a

For rose - Frank Bowling

For rose – Frank Bowling

Guyana-born British artist who is widely considered to be one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from post-war British art schools. His paintings relate to Abstract expressionism, Color Field painting and Lyrical Abstraction.

Bowling was born in Bartica, Guyana, South America. His father was a police district paymaster and his

mother a seamstress, and in 1950, at the age of 15, he moved to England, where he lived with an uncle and completed his education.

After doing his National Service in the Royal Air Force, Bowling went on to study art, despite earlier ambitions to be a poet and a writer. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then in 1959 won a scholarship to London’s Royal College of Art, where fellow students included artists such as David Hockney, Derek Boshier, Allen Jones, R. B. Kitaj and Peter Phillips.

At graduation in 1962, Hockney was awarded the gold medal while Bowling was given the silver. Bowling had been tipped to win the gold

Frank Bowling, Upright, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 74 x 53 inches

Frank Bowling, Upright, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 74 x 53 inches

but due to his controversial 1960 marriage to Royal College Registrar Paddy Kitchen (they divorced in the late 1960s), he was relegated to silver.

Frank Bowling- Crossing Liberty 1 (courtesy of the artist and ROLLO Contemporary Art)

Frank Bowling- Crossing Liberty 1 (courtesy of the artist and ROLLO Contemporary Art)

His first one-person exhibition, entitled “Image in Revolt,” was held in London in 1962 at the Grabowski Galleries, and other exhibitions followed. However, Bowling was frustrated at being pigeonholed as a Caribbean artist; as he said in a Guardian interview with Laura Barnett: “It seemed that everyone was expecting me to paint some kind of protest art out of postcolonial discussion. For a while I fell for it. I painted a picture called the Martyrdom of Patrice Lumumba.”

A move to New York in the mid-1960s exposed Bowling to his American

contemporaries and soon won him a place in the 1971 Whitney Biennial. As Maya Jaggi writes: “unlike contemporaries who founded British pop art, Bowling took a singular path, from Bacon-esque figurative painting to an abstract art touched by

Frank Bowling- Tony’s Anvil 1975, acrylic on canvas

Frank Bowling- Tony’s Anvil 1975, acrylic on canvas

personal memory and history…. Encouraged by the US critic Clement Greenberg, he found a freedom in

Head (1974)- Frank Bowling

Head (1974)- Frank Bowling

abstract art, alongside Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman.” Between 1969 and 1972 Bowling was a contributing editor of Arts Magazine.

Bowling now spends part of each year between London and New York, where he maintains studios.

Bowling’s paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States and are included in major private and corporate collections worldwide. His work can also be seen in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Tate Gallery in London.

Biography is from wikipedia.

I had such a fun time with my “pouring” painting today!  This is definitely one I want to emulate on a much larger scale.  I hope you like my piece today and I will see you tomorrow on Day 263.

Best,

Linda

Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Standing Up- Tribute to Frank Bowling
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

 

 

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