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Artist:  Frank Bowling (1936)

Title: Lenoraseas

Year:  1976

Dimension: 223 x 118 cm

Technique:  Acrylic on Canvas


About the artist:

Frank Bowling is a Guyana-Born British artist, his work relates to Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting and Lyrical abstraction.

­He studied at the Chelsea School of art and The Royal School of art.

His first solo exhibition was in 1962 at the Grabowski Galleries “Image in Revolt” in London.

Since 1960 he moved to New York. He works in both cities.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.

He has been awarded with two Guggenheim Fellowships and in 1965 won the Gran Prize for Contemporary Arts at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal.

Bowling’s paintings have been exhibited widely and internationally. Some is his solo shows include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1971); Serpentine Gallery, London (1986); a UK touring retrospective (2003); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); Spritmuseum, Stockholm (2014-15); Dallas Museum of Art (2015). In 2017 the Haus der Kunst in Munich presented Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi, a comprehensive survey of large-scale paintings.

What “Lenoraseas” is saying?

An abstract work can be approached or/and understood from many angles. Usually the interest rests on knowing what the artist wanted to express, what he/she was thinking or feeling when in the process of creating it.

Few times we have access to that information, many we don’t.

Certainly it is important to know where that artist is going and to learn how consistent a particular piece is in reference to his/her body of work but what is more important that anything is to  be able to connect to that that is hidden in the artwork,  to listen the language that is being  spoken to us.

In that sense art keeps proving its universality. It is linked to the human condition.

In our today’s art work the name “lenoraseas” may remit to a person, name or condition however before going that way I decided to focus just on what the painting is making me see and feel.

I’m guilty of having a strong visual interest in Lyrical Abstractionism in painting. For me they just… sing. And Lenoras definitely is doing it… for my pleasure.

The first thing to notice is a strong vertical compositional arrangement of bands of colors just that by itself makes the center of the composition more beautiful and intriguing.

It suggests to me the action of somebody painting on the solid colors, interfering with the ochre background but it suggests as well a cascade of water finding its way in between two walls, splashing and showing its power that tries to be contained by those two walls of color.

There is a rhythm, there is a musicality in the use of color and how they are arranged. That musicality understood as lyricism is what makes for me this piece so appealing and beautiful

In what Room to place it?

It is a painting that can go in any room of your home, being the only two requirements   that that room needs to have a big wall and perspective.

Displaying it

_The color of the wall on which it will sit should be white or a light grey if want the safe option.  A very dark color would work as well but need to be careful so it does not blend with the painting which would be a real disaster as it would banalise it.

_Having space between you and the piece is really important so you can digest what is there for you to take in.

_The use of color applies in the same way with upholstered furniture.