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David Dirrane Bowes

 (born 1957)
David Dirrane Bowes is active/lives in New York, Massachusetts.  David Bowes is known for figure-modern, abstraction.

David Dirrane Bowes

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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:

"....Bowes 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 gives volume to the voluptuous shape of the nude woman who, in half a dozen recent pictures, emerges from the forest shadows with a crown of flames around her head. Among this woman's distant ancestors are the muscular figures that populate William Blake's prophetic books. She is related, as well, to Venus and the Madonna. This feminine ideal embodies all the yearnings -from the sensual to the intellectual- that generate Bowes's distinctive utopia, a realm ruled equally by passion and refinement".

Solo Museum Exhibits:
1987 Galerie des Arenes, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Nimes, France

Group Museum Exhibits:
2006 "Radical NY! The Downtown show: the New York art scene, 1974-1984 and Abstract Expressionism: 1940-1960,"  Austin Museum of Art - AMOA, Austin

"The Downtown Show, The New York Art Scene 1974-1984," Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, and Andy Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh
1999 La Biennale di Venezia:
"Sanoja - Words - Paroles. An Exhibition of Artists Poems," Venice, Italy
1992 "Terrae Motus," Reggia Reale, Caserta, Italy

1991 "The Art of The 1980's, Selections from the collection of The Eli Broad Family Foundation,"         
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

1989 "1979-1989 American, Italian and Mexican Art from the Collection of Francesco Pellizzi,"  Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

1986 "Terrae Motus," Villa Campolieto, Ercolano, Italy
 "Arte santa," Pinacoteca Comunale, Ravenna, Italy
1985  "Kunstliche Paradiese", Folkwang Museum, Essen - Kunstverein, Munich, Germany "The Classic Tradition in Recent Painting and Sculpture," Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut


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About  David Dirrane Bowes

Born:  1957 - Boston, Massachusetts
Known for:  figure-modern, abstraction