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|Sir Richard Sheridan Patrick Michael Aloysius Franklin Bowling OBE RA, known as Frank Bowling,|
(b. 1934), ca 1969 New York, British artist, born in Guyana, working in New York and London
The color fields Bowling achieved are stunning and masterful. So at first Ciwt assumed Bowling was more or less randomly and freely enjoying the intensely vibrant almost day-glo colors of that era. But most of the paintings also have in them stencilled maps of South America and his mother's fabric store in Guyana as well as other references to the land of Bowling's birth and childhood. So Ciwt began to think perhaps the bright colors weren't playful and arbitrary but were deeply familiar and meaningful to Bowling.
Then she encountered a small but very telling video Bowling and a photographer friend made during an evening ride around Georgetown, Guyana and the pieces began falling into place for Ciwt. Indeed his colors are authentic and deep within him.
Silhouette of Guyana home at evening from video. And here are those colors in a monumental painting of the long, complex and frought route from Africa to South America.
Skirt worn by woman dancing in the Guyana darkness:
There's a soul at work here. Technically and intellectually an extremely powerful one. Bowling's canvasses up close are a marvel. Intense, layered, complex, beautiful. Fluid and not the least bit labored. To Ciwt's eye, Bowling's work is head and shoulders above many of the now famous artists working in New York at the time. He's not just expressing himself deeply, brilliantly, with great aliveness and drama, Bowling is expanding the range of what paint can do.
Bowling has been knighted and is considered one of the greatest living British abstract painters. Why haven't we seen more of him over here in the States over the years?
Frank Bowling in a recent (2023) interview at SFMOMA
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