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Frank Bowling

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Birth year

Lives in
London, New York

Works in
London, New York

Royal College of Art, 1962

painting, abstract


Frank Bowling OBE RA (b. Guyana, 1936) is an abstract expressionist painter based in London and Brooklyn. He moved to London in 1953 where he studied at the Royal College of Art in London (1959–1962). Bowling was one of the first black artists to have a solo show in America and his work was championed there by critic Clement Greenberg. In 2005 he was elected as the first black member of the Royal Academy in England.

Bowling has exhibited internationally with solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1971) (New York), Serpentine Gallery (1986) (London) and UK touring retrospective, Frank Bowling: Bending to the Grid (2003). 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) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). His most recent international solo show is at the Spiritmuseum in Stockholm.

Recent Exhibits

Frank Bowling participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Frank Bowling: At Eighty
Spanierman Modern
Mar, 2014 I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart
De La Warr Pavilion
Jan, 2014 I Kan Do Dat
Skylight Gallery, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Oct, 2013 The Map Paintings 1967-1971
Hales Gallery
Jun, 2013 404 E 14th
Tibor de Nagy Gallery
May, 2013 50 Years of Abstraction
G.R. N'Namdi Gallery: Chicago
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