Frank Bowling

1936 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Frank Bowling is seen as an established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Frank Bowling was born in 1936. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield, Norman Ackroyd, Gillian Ayres and David Hockney.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Frank Bowling's work is available on display in 5 galleries around the globe, such as in the United Kingdom and the United States. Galleries include Hales Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Skoto Gallery in the United States. Frank Bowling most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Pace London in the United Kingdom (03 November 2017 until 22 December 2017) with the exhibition Impulse!. Frank Bowling's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; More Land than Landscape (09 May 2019 - 21 June 2019) at Hales Gallery | London in the United Kingdom and Towards the ligh (11 January 2018 - 17 February 2018) at Larsen Warner in Sweden. Frank Bowling's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Impulse! and took place at Pace London in the United Kingdom from the 03 November 2017 to 22 December 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued considerable wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain became an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Frank Bowling

Born in 1936, Frank Bowling was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism dominated in the 1950s as a primary method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In subsequent revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been recognised, amongst many other female creatives.

Frank Bowling