ERIC BOWMAN “UNDER A DESERT SKY”
MAY 4 - JUNE 1, 2019
LIVE ARTIST DEMO MAY 4, 1-2PM
OPENING RECEPTION 2-4PM, the artist will be in attendance.
Pricing Available by Request
Inquiries: info@MaxwellAlexanderGallery.com or 213-275-1060
Western Art Collector Magazine Previews the Bowman Solo Exhibition in a Six Page Write Up:
Eric Bowman employs dramatic composition and depth of field to imply narrative, giving his work a cinematic feel. “When I look at my own work, I see the transition from the sky to the figure, the foreground shadow versus the background shadow, and the way the lighting shifts and illuminates one cloud but obscures another… creating these layers of light is a vehicle; a mechanism to create interest,” Bowman states.
For Bowman’s new solo show, his third consecutive solo show with Maxwell Alexander Gallery, this cinematic appeal is intended to involve the viewer as an active participant. “I like to start a narrative for the viewer and then give them enough space to pick it up and finish it,” Bowman notes. It is this invitation that gives his work a unique appeal, showcasing Bowman’s skill as both a painter and storyteller. In aptly titled Updraft, a lone cowboy surveys a rocky landscape, set against looming clouds pushing the composition upwards. In Time to Go, a sense of gentle urgency is honed by the relationship between the horse and rider, implying a quiet end to a long day. It is Bowman’s handling of lighting with thick, impressionistic brushstrokes that lend a sense of modern handling to the iconic Western subject matter.
Bowman honed his storytelling and craft since beginning his career in illustration back in 1983. He composed work for major publications, such as Time, Saturday Evening Post, and Field and Stream. Following in the footsteps of many Western art icons such as Frederic Remington and N.C. Wyeth, he moved from illustration to fine-art, seeking to craft impacting work built for longevity. His fine art career has been met with continual success and sell-out shows. Notably, he was a recent sell-out participant at the Masters of the American West.
A dozen new works will be available in his solo show, Under a Desert Skyopening May 4, from 2-4pm at Maxwell Alexander Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The artist will also be painting live in the gallery – doing a rare painting demonstration from 1-2pm just before the opening reception.
Maxwell Alexander Gallery is located at 406 W. Pico Blvd. LA CA 90015. 213-275-1060. Street parking is available as well as four paid parking lots that surround the gallery within a block or less.
Eric Bowman Biography:
Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, California. Essentially a self-taught artist, he had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember, always the school artist throughout his elementary and high school years.
As a vocation however, art was not directed by a clear-cut path, and became an exercise of entering open doors involving artistic opportunity. While freelancing full time as a commercial artist kept him self-employed for many years, it wasn’t until a chance meeting with two prominent California painters in the late 90’s that Eric experienced a major shift in his world view of Art that set him on a new journey into fine art painting.
Since that time, Eric has developed a unique style and approach that continues to evolve thru self education and exploration. Being a nostalgic person, Eric believes in the timeless philosophy of Truth and Beauty, deriving inspiration from sources both contemporary and historic that reflect the standard of high art from a century ago.
A recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Eric’s paintings reside in private & corporate collections around the world, and have been featured in national magazines, including; Southwest Art, International Artist, Art of the West, Pratique Des Arts (France), Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air Magazine.
Eric Bowman is a Signature Member of both the California Art Club and The American Impressionist Society. When not painting on location in various parts of the west or teaching an occasional workshop, Eric resides with his wife and daughter in northwest Oregon.