Frank Bowling
Spreadout Ron Kitaj 1984–6

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Frank Bowling born 1936
Spreadout Ron Kitaj
Date 1984–6
Medium Acrylic paint, oil paint, acrylic gel, damar, beeswax, chalk, metallic pigments, acrylic foam, shells and plastic toys on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2285 x 2860 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987

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This work displays Bowling’s interest in paint as ‘organic matter, pliable and beautiful’. The complex texture is the result of foam, shredded plastic packing material, Christmas glitter, costume jewellery, plastic toys and oyster shells being embedded into the surface. Bowling began as a figurative painter, studying alongside R B Kitaj – referenced in the work’s title – at the Royal College of Art. He has talked about his move to abstraction as a process of ‘unlearning’.

January 2016

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