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Born in British Guiana in 1936, Frank Bowling arrived in Britain in his

late teens, going on to study paiting at the the Royal College of Art

in the same cohort as David Hockney and Derek Boshier. Since he

started painting in the late 1950s, Bowling has pursued a relentless

exploration of the properties and possibilities of paint, experimenting

with stitching, staining, pouring and dripping. Often ambitious in scale,

and usually described in terms of its colourful and luminous quality,

and the energetic application or accrual of paint, Bowling's work

combines figuration, abstract elements, popular and autobiographical

references, and demonstrates his interest in social and political imagery.

Accompanying what will be the first solo exhibition internationally

to address Bowling's entire oeuvre, this publication will explore an

extraordinary career spanning over 60 years.

Beginning with his early figurative work created in the early 1960s, it

will trace the development of Bowling's practice right up to his most

recent work, illustrating the artist's interest in surface textures; the

tension between geometry and organic forms; and between expansive

fields of colour and the accrual of thickly built impasto - as well as

his use of unusual mediums, such as metallic pigments, fluorescent

chalk and acrylic gels. Bowling's contribution to modern art and his

wide-reaching influence will be further illuminated by a combination of

insightul art-historical texts and contemporary artistic voices. Featuring

iconic series - such as the `Map Paintings', the `Poured Paintings' and

`Thames Paintings' - alongside rarely seen works, this book is a feast of

colour and texture that highlights the quality and breadth of Bowling's

long and distinguished career.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsExhibition catalogues & specific collectionsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: from c 1900 - Publisher: Tate Publishing Publication Date: 31/05/2019 ISBN-13: 9781849766289  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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