Frank Bowling, Flame, 1975
Acrylic on canvas,
65 x 29-1/4 inches
Robin Greenword interviews Bowling, filmed alongside his poured paintings of the 70s, on display at Tate Britain.
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"If you visit Tate Britain, you might find yourself in a single-room exhibition showing a single facet of the artist Frank Bowling's work.... The show is almost an artistic homecoming for the 76-year-old: he lives just around the corner, in the Pimlico flat he has owned since 1984, with his wife, the textile artist Rachel Scott. The Tate has long been an important place for Bowling: "In the early years I rather fancied living in this neighbourhood," he explains. "As a younger artist I used to go in almost every day." Read more
"In his poured paintings, Bowling suspends enormous canvases such that he can control the pouring of paint layers across them. Utilising a variety of techniques, each poured piece evokes a range of emotions and contains the most beautifully vibrant colours and patterns." Read more
Time Out London - Time Out says
by Charlotte Bonham-Carter
July 10, 2012
"A graduate of the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney in 1962, British Guyana-born artist Frank Bowling hasn't enjoyed the same level of recognition as some of his peers. But in 2005, he was named the first ever black Royal Academician (itself a damning indictment of persisting hierarchies) and is finally the subject of some decent solo shows here, including a big room at Tate Britain." Read more
"He graduated from art school second only to David Hockney then gave up on the British art scene. Frank Bowling on pigeonholes, prejudice and waiting for that really big show" Read more
"Currently on show at the Tate Britain are a selection of Frank Bowling’s poured paintings from the mid nineteen-seventies. The exhibition takes us back to an era that represents one of the most radical and exciting times in modernist art, something that Bowling consistently contributed towards in his experimental pursuit of new frontiers of visual indulgence. The paintings used what Bowling referred to as his ‘wet-into-wet’ technique that would look to mix and merge different acrylic paints together into a continuous and effluent flow.
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Frieze Magazine - The Middle of the Day
by Courtney J. Martin
An interview with Frank Bowling
"On the occasion of a year- long exhibition at Tate Britain, Frank Bowling talks about the ‘poured paintings’ he began making in the early 1970s, getting advice from Clement Greenberg and the importance of improvisation."
TateShots - Frank Bowling video
by Nick Aldridge
"The latest short film from TateShots and producer Nick Aldridge sees the modern and contemporary art series shine a spotlight on Frank Bowling. Having studied alongside the likes of David Hockney and Derek Boshier, the three-and-a-half-minute video touches on the Guyana-born Royal College of Art graduate’s shift from Figuration to Abstraction as he moved from London to New York City. Bowling’s latest exhibition, “Poured Paintings,” is now on display at Tate Britain through February of 2013, with additional works also showing as a part of the gallery’s “Migrations: Journeys Into British Art” series."
From the Mayor's Doorstep - Here, Then & Now
by Piri Halasz
Review of Frank Bowling: Recent Paintings
"... the whole fine show is Bowling in an expansive mood, with large, sweeping areas of paint, large pieces of canvas sometimes superimposed diagonally in the center of his paintings, and his characteristically neat, narrow rows of stitched and/or stapled of strips of canvas kept to a minimum, along the borders of some (but not all) of the paintings. “Bed in Memory of ‘Dry River Dan,’” a tall, narrow canvas, is classic in its simplicity, with vertical bands of red, purple and green-gold."
"British Art has long been informed by the country’s long and intricate history of its peoples’ movements to and from different countries. One great example of the power of this is painter Frank Bowling, the very first artist born in British Guyana (Caribbean) whom since residing in the United Kingdom has become a Royal Academician (RA) at the Royal Academy of Arts...."
From the Mayor's Doorstep - A Beautiful Book
by Piri Halasz
"Mel Gooding’s account of Bowling’s artistic progress continues through an exhaustive analysis of his most recent (and most abstract) decades, with the writer using his literary talents to begin and end his tale with an emphasis on Bowling’s close relationship to 'the great rivers of his life, the Essequibo and the Berbice, the Thames and the East River, each with its own particular shimmer, gleam and brilliance of light.'"
"With his recent flurry of exhibitions, Frank Bowling is taking London by storm. Having been inducted into the Royal Academy in 2005 and honoured with an OBE three years later, the artist has finally (officially) taken up his long overdue position amongst the upper echelon of the Academy's great British artists."
Sam Phillips talks to Frank Bowling RA about his new works on paper.
ARTnews - Frank Bowling
by Mona Molarsky
"This show was a fitting retrospective for an artist who, slowly but surely, is getting his due."
From the Mayor's Doorstep - "And on 58th Street"
by Piri Halasz
On the exhibition Frank Bowling, O.B.E., RA: Paintings 1974-2010, Halasz writes, "The 'map paintings,' with their sociopolitical overtones, are probably Bowling's best-known work, especially in England, but it is the abstract work that he has created since which to me will form the basis of his lasting fame."