Bowling, Frank b1934 Guyanan Abstract.
Auction: December 2020
Bowling, Richard Sheridan Patrick Michael Franklin (Frank) OBE b1934 Guyanan Abstract. 9.25 x 15.25 ins. (23.5 x 38.5 cms.), Acrylic on Card on Canvas. Message verso from Frank: "Blowing towards England. For Nancy and the grandchildren, as ever FB." Bowling was godfather to the youngest of the grand children, Simon. Nancy and her then husband managed a pub in west London, where they met Frank. The painting has stayed in he family after Nancy remarried and has been hung for nearly forty years in her home. She died a few years ago, but her husband has kept it until now. Great provenance. Last year a Bacon influenced painting by him fetched £570,000 at Christies. Frank enjoyed a major exhibition at the Tate last year and is a highly rated artist. as was shown by the huge sums of £570,000 gained at Christies. All this is a long way from the young man who left Guyana to come to England. He served in The RAF for his National Service during the first year he was in Britain. Whilst he was in the RAF, his friend, Keith Critchlow, took him to the National Gallery, where he was intrigued by the paintings of Constable, Turner and Gainsborurgh in particular. Their influence came to the fore again in his art quite recently. He went to the Chelsea College of Art and via a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. He had Hockney and Kitaj among his student friends. He was favourite to be awarded the gold medal at graduation, unfortunately he created a small scandal by marrying the Registrar of the college. In fact between 1962 and 1964 he managed to produce three sons from three different women. Hockney won the Gold and Frank the Silver., which gives one an idea of his talent. Frank has enjoyed a very successful career often crossing to New York and then returning to the UK, where he was elected an RA in 2005 and was awarded an OBE in 2008. His art is almost all abstract of varying emphases, but always colourful. In 1967 he moved to New York and lived in the Chelsea Hotel, New York, next to Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko. It was in America that he further developed his journey into abstraction. In 1975 he returned to London where he met Nancy and her family. From then on to this day he tends to spend the spring and autumn in New York and the rest of the year in London, he keeps a studio in both towns.