Acrylic, acrylic gel, pain relief patches and glitter on canvas with marouflage
148 x 188.5 x 4 cm / 58 1/4 x 74 1/4 x 1 5/8 inches
Born in Guyana in 1934, Frank Bowling moved to London aged 19 and studied at the Royal College of Art, graduating with the silver medal for painting in 1962. Following his graduation, Bowling traversed the Atlantic between studios in London and New York, developing a visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories. For Bowling, painting is primarily about colour and materials, the application of paint, how it can be physically moved or manipulated, how mediums interact, and the random process of creation – whether it be staining, pouring, spraying, stitching, or cropping. ‘Jack’ (2021) is a canvas that displays Bowling’s constant reinvention of the painted plane, thick layers of warm, saturated impasto surge across the surface with glitter and pain relief patches embedded to create a mesmerising composition. The title of the work ‘Jack’ pays tribute to Jack O’Connell, the landlord of the King’s Arms, Fulham Road, Bowling’s dear friend since the 1950s.