Frank Bowling Mirror 1966

Artwork details

Artist
Frank Bowling born 1936
Title
Mirror
Date 1966
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 3100 x 2168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist, Rachel Scott, and their 4 children: Benjamin and Sacha Bowling, Marcia and Iona Scott 2013
Reference
T13936
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

Display caption

Bowling was a graduate of the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and other ‘Young Contemporaries’ at the beginning of the 1960s, and his work of this period developed from a Francis Bacon-like expressionism through imagery that was more related to pop art. Mirror recapitulates that trajectory in a year that he started to divide his life between London and New York, and gradually abandon figuration in favour of abstraction. The painting contains autobiographical references beyond the evocation of Bacon, such as the motif of the spiral staircase that leads to the Royal College of Art’s print room.

October 2013

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