Frank Bowling was born in British Guyana in 1936, and has had a long and distinguished career as a painter in both the US and the UK. This was dully recognized by Frank Bowling’s election to the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2005, marking the first time that a Black British artist has been chosen for this role in the academy’s two hundred year history. In 2009 Frank Bowling was honoured with an OBE.
Frank Bowling is known for his highly coloured, textural, and often large scale abstract acrylic paintings.
Frank Bowling graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in the famous class of 1962, which included David Hockney, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, the generation who laid the foundation of Pop Art in Britain. At graduation, Hockney won the gold medal while Frank Bowling won the silver. A transfer of residence to New York a few years after graduation exposed Frank Bowling to his American contemporaries and won him a place in the 1971 Whitney Biennial. Since that time Frank Bowling has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships.
Frank Bowling’s work has been shown in many prestigious public institutions, such as a solo show at the Royal Academy in 2006, an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art New York, and Tate Britain, London, to name just a few. Frank Bowling’s works are included in many prestiguous public collections such as Tate (London) and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Royal Academy of Arts London in 2011 and an exhibition at Tate Liverpool.