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MARK FOULDS: Recent Paintings

7th September – 7th October 2004

Frank Bowling: Survey Show (Main Gallery)
Born in Guyana in 1936, Frank Bowling is widely considered one of the most distinguished black artists to emerge from the post-war British art schools. He belongs to the famous class of 1962 at the Royal College of Art, which included David Hockney, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, the generation who laid the foundation of Pop Art in Britain. At graduation, Hockney won the gold medal while Bowling won the silver. A transfer of residence to New York a few years later exposed Bowling to his American contemporaries and won him a place in the 1971 Whitney Biennial. Since that time Bowling has been awarded not one but two Guggenheim Fellowships.

This will be the first major retrospective of this increasingly respected and recognised artist.

By reputation, Bowling is one of the most cunning manipulators of paint; that is, paint as material substance, the equivalent of sound to a musical composer. The paint is mixed in with resin or applied straight from the tube, or diluted with water. It is rubbed in, smudged, smeared, dripped, dragged, dribbled, poured and even sprayed on using a technique that is difficult to make out. Microscopic dots, splashes and drips of paint are woven together into a compelling visual narrative.

Frank Bowling is currently in “Art and the 60’s – this was tomorrow” at Tate Britain. In October he will also be having a major retrospective at Phillips Art Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA entitled “Frank Bowling Four Decades in Colour”. Also during October he has a solo show of recent work at the Heidi Cho Gallery, W23rd and 10th, New York and in Philadelphia at the Sande Webster Gallery.

Mark Foulds: Recent Paintings (Lower Gallery)

Mark Foulds was born in 1963. He studied at Jacob Kramer College Leeds and Maidstone College of Art 1981-82, Nottingham Trent University 1982-85 and Chelsea School of Art 1987-88. His first exhibitions were at Dean Clough, Halifax, in 1986 and '87. Between 1990 and 1993 he lived in Paris and Germany, since when he has worked and exhibited in London.

"I seem to have a fixation with the colour of paint, preferring gloss at the moment – its splash, elasticity and pourability. On a smooth surface, placed horizontally, I put down colours and take them out – countless times."

Exhibitor at the 22nd John Moores Competition 2002

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