How to Paint Like Frank Bowling | Tate


Discover how painter Frank Bowling creates dazzling, dripping compositions of colour.

Frank Bowling was born in Guyana and moved to London to study Fine Art at the Royal Academy. To this day he continues to make work from his studios in London and New York.

His paintings use a variety of bright acrylic paint colours and embedded objects that create unusual but mesmerising compositions. Two of his most well-known paintings in Tate’s collection include ‘Spreadout Ron Kitaj’ and ‘Sasha Jason Guyana Dreams’. Both of these paintings show how Bowling layers paint to create a deeply textured feel to his artworks.

Bowling’s Studio Assistant, Spencer A. Richards, and his grandson Frederick Bowling took us to Bowling’s London studio to show us some of the techniques he uses in his work.

Frank Bowling​ is on at Tate Britain until 26 August 2019: https://bit.ly/2YcnJ74

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