About Frank Bowling OBE RA
Frank Bowling moved from Guyana to London in 1953. He won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in 1959 and graduated in 1962 with both a Silver Medal in Painting and a travel scholarship which took him to South America and the Caribbean. Bowling was appointed Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
Bowling was a leading Colour Field painter and colour dominated his work in the 1970s. The earthier hues of his figurative palette gave way to an exploration of high-key and lyrical colour. Spontaneity, chance, spilling, dripping and brushing became important working methods in the mid to late 1970s and Bowling began referring to his work as “poured paintings”. His recent work utilises a full range of colour and is marked by the artist’s periods of often intense experimentation with surface texture. He maintains working studios in London and New York.
Image: Courtesy of Frank Bowling Studio ©Sacha Bowling