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Old Altarpiece

Bowling, Frank (Guyana, b.1936)

Inscribed on stretcher bar: FRANK BOWLING “OLD ALTARPIECE” 2010
Spainerman Modern label on verso: Frank Bowling / Old Altar Piece

Excellent condition.

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Bowling, Frank (Guyana, b.1936)

Inscribed on stretcher bar: FRANK BOWLING “OLD ALTARPIECE” 2010
Spainerman Modern label on verso: Frank Bowling / Old Altar Piece

Provenance:
• An important Main Line, PA Collection
• Acquired from Spanierman Modern Gallery, LLC, New York, NY

Over the past 60 years, Frank Bowling has relentlessly explored the properties and possibilities of paint. He has experimented with staining, pouring and layering, adopting a variety of materials and objects. Throughout his career, Bowling has investigated the tension between geometry and fluidity. His large, ambitious paintings are known for their distinctive textured surfaces and colorful, luminous quality.

This is the first full retrospective exhibition dedicated to Bowling. It covers each phase in his long and sustained career. Beginning with his early figurative paintings, created in London in the early 1960s, it traces the progress of his work as he relocated to New York, US in 1966. Here, his paintings became increasingly abstract, without relinquishing references to his personal life. For many years Bowling lived and worked between New York and London. Both cities have had an impact on his work, alongside his childhood home in New Amsterdam, Guyana. The exhibition goes on to feature the ‘map paintings’, the ‘poured paintings’ and works from the Great Thames series. It ends with his most recent canvases in which his experiments continue.

At 85 years of age, Bowling still paints every day. His work relies on technical skill while embracing chance and the unpredictable. Bowling’s paintings embody his ongoing pursuit of change, transformation and renewal.

Excellent condition.