(1875 - 1952)
Alexander Bower was active/lived in Delaware, Maine. Alexander Bower is known for landscape, coastal views, genre.
at Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, 1915?
Bower, noted artist, came to Santa Cruz in 1915 and conducted classes and brought
paintings from ‘Monhegan’ which depicted its beauty.” per Santa Cruz Sentinel
, April 2, 1957, page 16.
exhibited Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz, Salmagundi Club, 1918, no. 128.
exhibited Loma Prieta, Santa Cruz in 24th annual of Philadelphia
Art Club, per International Studio,
May, 1918, page c .
Pueta [sic. Prieta], Santa Cruz, National Academy of Design, N.Y., 1920,
of his paintings is in the second traveling exhibit from the Santa Cruz Art
League that went to Klamath Falls, Ore. where it was shown under the auspices
of the DAR and other orgs., per Santa
Cruz Evening News
, March 5, 1931, page 3, and article adds that Alexander
Bower of New York has “been making his home in California for some time”.
His painting, Lengthening Shadows, lent by the M. C.
Halls, was in the Retrospective Exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League,
January, 1958, per Santa Cruz Sentinel,
January 8, 1958, page 22.
Arch Rock, Santa Cruz, mixed media on paper, sold Thomaston Place Auction
Galleries, Maine, August 2008, per askart.com.
Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Santa Cruz Art League Statewide Art Exhibition Index, First through Twenty-seventh, 1928-1957 (Publications in California Art, No. 12)"
An American Impressionist, Bower was born in New York, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and was living with his wife in Cliff Island, Maine by 1914. Despite his urban upbringing, the coast and the sea fascinated Bower. A large portion of his paintings are seascapes, particularly scenes depicting the coast of Cape Elizabeth and Cliff Island, Maine.
Bower was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the Boston Society of Watercolor Painters, as well as being an associate member of the National Academy of Design.
He exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
His works are in the collection of the Springfield Art Museum, the Butler Art Institute, the Sweat Memorial Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Bower was not only a painter but also the Director of the Sweat Memorial Art Museum and Director of the School of Fine and Applied Art (both in Portland, Maine), a trustee at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine, and an art instructor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.