AboutAn exhibition of the first 'poured' paintings will open at the Arts Club 2 May demonstrating Frank Bowling RA's (b.1936) paramount contribution to abstract art.
At 71 Bowling boasts an impressive artistic career. Studying at the Royal College of Art (1959-62), maintaining transatlantic studios (London and NY), elected the first black member of RA (2005), included in many prestigious public collections - Metropolitan Museum, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Tate, the first living black artist to have work on display in the Tate and a solo show at the Royal Academy.
The work at the Arts Club will focus on his output in the 1970s when in 1973 Frank pioneered a method of creating abstract paintings. Setting up his canvases at a 45 degree angle on a trestle table, paint was poured from the top of the canvas, allowing it to run and meld by its own volition. This method was completely original creating work in a way not even Jackson Pollock through to Larry Poons had done. The exhibition at the Arts Club will demonstrate this innovation and contribution to abstract art, exhibiting 14 of Bowling's 'poured' works from the mid 1970s to the present.