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Frank Bowling, British Guyana, born 1936  Search this
acrylic on canvas with collages : thread , adhesive
H x W (painting): 32 5/16 × 28 9/16 in. (82 × 72.5 cm)
H x W (frame): 34 7/16 × 30 13/16 × 2 in. (87.5 × 78.3 × 5.1 cm)
Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling has made a vital contribution to the American art canon. He has maintained a U.S. residence throughout his career, creating artwork and writing extensively about American abstraction, aesthetic formalism, and issues relating to the concept of “black art.”
Bowling was drawn to abstraction for its non-figurative aesthetic, which he found a release from external expectations for him to create racial art. The relatively small size of Pink Plain 2 reflects Bowling’s desire during the 1990s to move from the monumental scale to a more intimate form of expression. He indicated that he found a new sense of artistic freedom in fashioning small-scale works: “I just want to let it all hang out on this scale. I want to do my number.”
This is a large acrylic painting on collaged and stitched cotton canvas by Frank Bowling. Abstract in style, the majority of the painting is a light pink colored square near the top center, with multi-colored borders, yellow and black on the left, blue above, and orange and beige on the right. On the bottom quarter of the painting, are two banners horizontally spanning bottom. The top border is blue, orange, red, and yellow in color, and has thicker lines creating a thicker appearance in places, while the bottom banner is various shades of yellow and beige. It sits within a wooden frame with thin silver front edge and black back interior. On the back of frame, handwritten in black ink on the top left corner, are the words "FRANK BOWLING "PINKPLAIN "2 1996." A piece of yellow construction paper with a white and blue sticker reading "139" in black ink is wedged between the edges of the frame, right above the handwritten "1996."
African American  Search this
Abstract Expressionism  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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