Since the early 1960s, Frank Bowling has explored and expanded the properties and possibilities of paint, influencing generations of painters through his work and writing. Now 84, he still paints every day.
Born in Guyana (then British Guiana), Bowling moved to London in 1953, where he studied at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj. In the mid-1960s, he moved to New York, where he began working with acrylic paint and developed a form of painting that is abstract but still contains themes that reflect his life and worldview. He continued working between New York and London, where he maintained a studio and where he currently resides and continues to work.
This major exhibition follows Bowling's career chronologically and includes key series such as the celebrated large-format 'map paintings' of the late 1960s begun in New York, the visually arresting 'poured paintings' - made by pouring liquid paint down an inclined canvas - and the highly sculptural paintings of the 1980s evoking riverbeds, all the way to recent work.