The Albert Merola Gallery is happy to announce the opening of an exhibition of work by Paul Bowen. This will be Bowen’s third one person show at the gallery. Featuring new painterly sculptures and works on paper, there will also be examples of some older work chosen from Bowen’s studio. Bowen is also the cover subject of this year’s Provincetown Arts Magazine. Born in Wales, and having lived for 30 years in Provincetown, Bowen has an essential core that is always connected to the sea and the life and the lore that surrounds it. Much of the material used in his sculptures from the washed ashore debris - planks, crates, other artifacts - that one finds along the beach. His works on paper are as much ‘made’ as ‘drawn’. Often using old found paper that catches his eye, he may use ink, watercolor, tar, oil paint, gesso, and graphite sometimes in combination with some type of print process to create these works. They all have an earthy, gritty, essential quality.
He makes his home in Vermont these days, but continues to come to Provincetown to teach and to find resources and inspiration by the sea.
A recipient of a Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and numerous others, he was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center from 1977-79. His work is in the collection of many private and public collections including The Guggenheim Museum in New York and The MFA in Boston.