One of the most distinguished artists to emerge from post-war British art schools, Frank Bowling’s abstract paintings are guided by material, process, colour and principles of mathematics and symmetry. His vivid works demonstrate the influence of colour-field painting and abstract expressionism.
Bowling studied at the Chelsea School of Art, winning a scholarship the Royal College of Art in 1959. Here Frank was awarded silver, only conceding gold to David Hockney at their graduation in 1962.
Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, Bowling moved to New York where he was exposed to American contemporaries Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman. He won a place in the 1971 Whitney Biennial and became a contributing editor of Arts Magazine Between 1969 and 1972.
Bowling has exhibited work in numerous shows across Europe and the USA including the Serpentine Gallery, V&A and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Bowling’s work in many major private and corporate collections, and in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery, London. In 2005 he became a member of the Royal Academy of Art, the first Black British artist elected a Royal Academician in the history of the institution.