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RJD Gallery
Romeo

Diptych: Left (mother) 58 x 58 in; Right (bride) 74 x 60 in.
Paintings can be purchased individually at $45,000 each, contact the gallery at [email protected].

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“Beauty makes sense to me, has weight for me, only when it falls from grace,” writes Margaret Bowland, who challenges notions of beauty, race, and gender in her figurative paintings and pastels. “My work is about beauty—what it means to be beautiful and what significance the idea has in the 21st century in the world of art,” she says. Focusing on people who have been historically marginalized, Bowland sees beauty as an attribute that both helps and harms those considered to possess it. Among the sitters appearing in her lush, large-scale compositions are young black girls and a woman with dwarfism. Bowland approaches each of her subjects with both tenderness and scrutiny, sometimes painting them in the guise of art historical figures or with accoutrements reflective of the stereotypes and expectations imposed upon them by society.

Selected exhibitions
2020
Winter Salon Part IIJenkins Johnson Gallery
2019
Strokes of BrillianceRJD Gallery
Mirrors of DesireRJD Gallery
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Goddess Series: Mother and Bride (Diptych), 2019

Oil on Linen
74 × 118 in
188 × 299.7 cm
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$75,000
Location
Romeo
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RG
RJD Gallery
Romeo

Diptych: Left (mother) 58 x 58 in; Right (bride) 74 x 60 in.
Paintings can be purchased individually …

Medium

“Beauty makes sense to me, has weight for me, only when it falls from grace,” writes Margaret Bowland, who challenges notions of beauty, race, and gender in her figurative paintings and pastels. “My work is about beauty—what it means to be beautiful and what significance the idea has in the 21st century in the world of art,” she says. Focusing on people who have been historically marginalized, Bowland sees beauty as an attribute that both helps and harms those considered to possess it. Among the sitters appearing in her lush, large-scale compositions are young black girls and a woman with dwarfism. Bowland approaches each of her subjects with both tenderness and scrutiny, sometimes painting them in the guise of art historical figures or with accoutrements reflective of the stereotypes and expectations imposed upon them by society.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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