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**PRE-ORDER 1 OCTOBER** Octoberbloom II

by Sir Frank Bowling RA

The RA Editions programme is proud to present this new print by Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA.

This work is based on Bowling's striking Octoberbloom II painting, first shown at the Royal Academy in 2011. Reflecting on notions of family, illness and healing, it emerged from naturally imposed limitations and the artist's unending desire to invent new ways to paint.

Whilst embodying the powerful physical presence of his works on paper from this time, this rich polymer gravure captures the vibrancy of colour, mesmerising composition and tactility of material that is infinitely recognisable in Sir Frank's oeuvre.

Produced in a limited edition of 68, each print is signed and numbered on the reverse.

Available to pre-order, shipping 1 October 2022.

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Artwork details

Dimensions 80.5 x 58.5cm
Fabric & material Polymer gravure print
Edition 68

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Product story

"My ambition as an artist is to open up new ways of picturing the now, the present… spilling, dripping, brushing, spreading, bleeding liquid material: paint engaging and enacting movement."

– Sir Frank Bowling, 2011

Created especially for an exhibition in the Royal Academy's Tennant Gallery, Journeyings showcased a collection of fourteen works on paper. Originating in a period of recovery for the artist, this body of work necessitated a smaller, more intimate scale, further accentuating the compositional elements that are distinctively Bowling.

Eleven years on, this edition revisits Octoberbloom II with incredibly effervescent results. A two-plate polymer gravure with relief printing and deep etching, it incorporates sixteen colours with fluorescent and pearlescent inks and is hand-finished with varnish.

Printed by Thumbprint Editions and published in partnership with Paragon Press.

Please note: purchases of this Edition are limited to one per purchaser or household, subject to availability. Any purchases which exceed this limit will be treated as void. Should we subsequently discover that any such void purchases have been fulfilled, we reserve all rights against the purchaser, including the right to require return or onward delivery and compensation for any damage or loss.

The RA Editions programme generates valuable revenue for the RA and in particular the RA Schools.​​

About Sir Frank Bowling 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. He was a contributing editor at Arts Magazine from 1969 to 1972 and... Go to artist page