Monday, February 20, 2006

4x4΄x 2˝ Doodle - Eddy Bowen

“.....The works explore and stretch techniques in acrylics. The attempt it to find a new visual metaphor, or to break new ground in the articulation of the landscape.” - Eddie Bowen

A series of primitive paintings of dwellings, fences, shrubs, tribal markings, and architectural aerial plans layered with indents or doodles made with a blunt tool. Eddie Bowens' recent works at CCA7, Trinidad, West Indies

For those of us familiar with the work of Edward Bowen, affectionately known as Eddy, one expects a pastiche of strong personal drawing style on a scale that gets the work noticed. Over the years Mr. Bowen has not only experimented with his love of pencil sketching of architectural elements, but has looked at working in alternative spaces. His has been a very long and solitary career, much informed by his desire and love of the work for itself. He is one of the rare contained artists, whose works happen despite support.

With all of that said, this latest offering from Mr. Bowen entitled 9 x 5 features a group of large canvases of architectural structures. What is relevant about these pieces is his investigation of colour. There is a lot to look at in these pieces. I recall the recent experimental works of David Hockney, a delight of colours and scraping textural surfaces. But these investigations are not about being pretty, but about looking at the complexity of structures as they age and change in meaning. I enjoyed being able to look at the canvases squarely, looking all around and through the technique at what I believe to be his narrative about all of the contradictions of our world at this time.

Eddy Bowen's complex kinetic pencil drawings that expresses his inner obsessions with mechanics, cogs, rods, and mathematics.

An Bowen invitation card from 1991

1 comment:

kerr said...

Thebookmann....visit the Southern Art gallary and see the Photography and Art Exhibition by Kerr and Labby.....I will be looking forward to your comments


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