Born in British Guyana, Frank Bowling belongs to the generation of
British artists that came of age in the sixties. After graduating
from the Royal College of Art in 1962, along with David Hockney and R.
B. Kitaj, he, like Hockney, found his artistic identity in America.
Unlike Hockney's, however, Bowling's art is rooted in abstraction owing
to the abstract expressionist tradition of Mark Rothko. Vigorously dripping and pouring paint in lustrous accretions, he
creates texturally complex paintings in which he plays with structure
through collaged and brightly painted shapes. He was elected in
2005 as the first black member of England's Royal Academy.
moved in 1950 to Engl
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