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Frank Bowling

Guyanese, b. 1936

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Frank Bowling

Guyanese, b. 1936

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Adopting an Abstract Expressionist vernacular since the mid-1960s when he moved to New York, Frank Bowling paints in a unique style that draws from abstraction and his Guyanese heritage. A peer of David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj at the Royal Academy of Art, in London, his earlier work, which includes references to his Guyanese heritage, riffs on the work of Color-field painters such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. In the early 1970s, he began pouring paint directly from the can onto his canvases. This period heralded his interest in pure abstraction, which he continues to explore, though his titles or color palettes often reference the landscape of his native Guyana.

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Tate Britain, and 1 more
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Biography

Adopting an Abstract Expressionist vernacular since the mid-1960s when he moved to New York, Frank Bowling paints in a unique style that draws from abstraction and his Guyanese heritage. A peer of David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj at the Royal Academy of Art, in London, his earlier work, which includes references to his Guyanese heritage, riffs on the work of Color-field painters such as Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. In the early 1970s, he began pouring paint directly from the can onto his canvases. This period heralded his interest in pure abstraction, which he continues to explore, though his titles or color palettes often reference the landscape of his native Guyana.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Frank Bowling
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What Sold at Frieze London
Oct 7th, 2019
What Sold at Frieze London
The Artsy Vanguard 2019: 50 Artists to Know Right Now
Sep 16th, 2019
The Artsy Vanguard 2019: 50 Artists to Know Right Now
Five Very Different Shows at Five Great Galleries
Nov 22nd, 2013
Five Very Different Shows at Five Great Galleries
Frank Bowling’s Forgotten Painting
Mar 8th, 2013
Frank Bowling’s Forgotten Painting
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