Regarded as one of the most important post-war British artists, Frank Bowling is celebrated for his richly dynamic oeuvre that synthesizes the stylistic languages of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction. Born in Guyana in 1934, Bowling moved to London in 1953 and commenced his studies at the prestigious Royal College of Art, initially focusing on figurative art. The present work, Untitled (Mother’s House), from 1966 is a critical example from Bowling’s early career that bears the influence of his experimentations in combining his own figurative aesthetic with the screen-printing techniques of Pop art and the paint-pouring invention of the Colour Field painters. A brilliant synthesis of the radical artistic developments of the 1960s, Untitled (Mother’s House) highlights Bowling’s imaginative interpretation of various avant-garde approaches while laying out his own unique artistic strategy. By featuring an image of his mother and the front of her variety store in the centre of the composition, Bowling makes this work entirely his own.
Contemporary Art Day Auction
New York 17 November