This long overdue celebration of the work of Frank Bowling is the first exhibition to span the full breadth of his practice, bringing together rarely seen works and iconic series.
Since the early 1960s Bowling (b1934) has explored and expanded the possibilities of paint, influencing generations of artists through his spectacular kaleidoscopic paintings.
This first major retrospective of his work will chart his rise to becoming one of Britain’s most visionary painters. Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) Bowling moved to London in 1953, and while serving in the RAF he met Keith Critchlow who introduced him to the London art scene. He went on to study at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and R.B Kitaj and became the first Black artist nominated as a Royal Academician.
Living and working between London and New York, he has continuously reinvented painting fueled by a knowledge of European tradition and post-war abstraction, and infuses his works with deeply personal narrative. For the first time, early figurative work including Cover Girl (1966), not shown in the UK since it was painted, will be exhibited alongside groundbreaking series from the 1970s and 80s and new works created over the past decade, in testament to Bowling's ongoing innovation.