David Bowes is an American painter, born in Boston, Massachusetts in
1957, and first recognized during the early 1980s in New York's East
Village. Bowes' contemporaries include artists George Condo, Keith
Haring, and Jean Michel Basquiat.
In the September 2002 issue of Art in America the poet Carter Ratcliff wrote:
practices what might be called hieroglyphic figuration. With just a few
strokes of a loaded brush, he can indicate an elaborately costumed
figure or the sinuous gestures of a tropical vine. Of course, some
renderings are more hieroglyphic than others. The larger the form, the
more fully Bowes employs the familiar devices of figure painting.
Modeling becomes a painterly caress as he
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