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Frank Bowling
Mattschoice, 2016

Starting bid: $25,000

Acrylic on canvas

71 1/4 x 37 3/8 in (181 cm. x 95 cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery (London and New York)

lot description

In his recent works, Bowling focuses on the ability of colour and texture to conjure the sublime. Dense layers of rich hues and sections of canvas form these works. The artist leaves jagged edges from pinking shears visible as a reference to his seamstress mother. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Bowling’s work is a testament to abstract painting’s ability to tap into the most powerful human emotions. 

A portion of the proceeds from this lot will benefit the Dallas Museum of Art.

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artist biography

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Frank Bowling has continuously explored and invigorated the language of abstract painting. Born in Guyana in 1936, Bowling arrived in London in 1953 and attended the Royal College. In the 60s, he moved to New York where he enjoyed a successful career, and from the late 70s on he has split his time between London and New York. Bowling’s work was recently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art in the exhibition Frank Bowling: Map Paintings. Bowling’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Whitney Museum (New York), Serpentine Galleries (London) and a UK touring retrospective, Frank Bowling: Bending to the Grid. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Tate Gallery (London), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Whitney Museum (New York) and Dallas Museum of Art.

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