JOURNEYINGS: RECENT WORKS ON PAPER BY FRANK BOWLING RA
27 May – 23 October 2011
An exhibition exploring recent works on paper by the painter Frank Bowling RA opens this May at
the Royal Academy of Arts. Bowling’s art reflects his travels, actual and aesthetic, between his
birthplace of British Guiana (now Guyana) and his homes and studios in London and New York;
between the tradition of English landscape painting and the legacy of American Abstract
Similar to the much larger paintings on canvas for which Bowling is renowned, these works in
acrylic paint and gel on heavy paper have a powerful physical presence created by their vibrant
colours and tactile surfaces. These works originated in Bowling’s need to find a new way to paint
and their gestural quality seems magnified by their smaller scale. The works are abstract, yet the
viewer is led to figurative or representational associations by the artist’s obvious preoccupation with
space and light and the allusive titles that he gives them.
Frank Bowling (b. 1936) studied alongside David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj at the Royal College of Art
from 1959 to 1962. Following a move to New York City in 1966, he had a solo show at the Whitney
Museum of American Art in 1971. Alongside his painting, Bowling was a contributing editor at Arts
Magazine from 1969 to 1972, and has taught at a number of institutions including Columbia
University, New York City. In 2005, Bowling was elected a Royal Academician. He lives and works in
London and New York, maintaining studios in both cities.
Excerpts from a forthcoming documentary film on Frank Bowling’s life and work, currently in
production, will also be on show.
The exhibition coincides with the launch of a comprehensive monograph on the art of Frank
Bowling, written by Mel Gooding and published by the Royal Academy. A compelling text charting
Bowling’s career and establishing him as one of the finest British artists of his generation is
accompanied by 130 colour illustrations.
Frank Bowling by Mel Gooding will be available at the RA Shop, priced £29.95.
Wednesday 22 June
Frank Bowling in conversation with the sculptor Michael Sandle RA
2pm in the Tennant Gallery
Wednesday 28 September
Frank Bowling in conversation with the architect Ian Ritchie RA
2pm in the Tennant Gallery
Tuesday 5 July and Tuesday 6 September
An introduction to the exhibition by the curator.
3.30pm in the Tennant Gallery
Events are free with an exhibition ticket. Please visit the RA website for further details.
TENNANT GALLERY DATES AND OPENING HOURS:
Open to public: Friday 27 May – Sunday 23 October 2011
Tennant Gallery Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)
Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket. £3 without. RA Friends go free.
Publicity images for Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA in the Tennant
Gallery can be obtained from Picselect, the Press Association’s image service for press use. Please
register at www.picselect.com and once registered go to the Royal Academy of Arts folder in the Arts
section of Picselect.
A complementary exhibition, Frank Bowling RA: Crossings, will be held at ROLLO Contemporary
Art, London from 5 May – 1 July 2011.
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