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About the Artist

Early Life

Phillip Bowman grew up on Long Island, NY. Beginning at an early age, and with no formal training, he carefully and dutifully crafted a distinct, engaging style that remains as unconventional as it is intriguing.

His dream of being a New York City cartoonist led him to take jobs in the art departments of several companies. Although he never worked as an artist by trade, Mr. Bowman used every spare moment of his life to paint and draw. Whether filling the pages of sketchpads in his car between errands or using the back of a cigarette box in Paris as a canvas for inspiration, Mr. Bowman always found a way to create.

Over the years, his paintings have been successfully displayed and sold at many venues, including the New York City Center Gallery, the Hilda Carmel Gallery, the Lynn Kottler Galleries, the Waverly Gallery, the Avanti Galleries, the Gilbert Stuart Studios, and the JMS Gallery, to name a few.

An intensely private man, Mr. Bowman never actively sought public acclaim or recognition. In recent years, however, he had found a new desire to share his work with others; to give the world a glimpse inside his head. The artist’s vast body of work can be seen by appointment.

Style

Phillip Bowman’s work reflects his preferences for prominent color and for visual freedom over adhering to rigid technical skill. Throughout the last few decades, his approach to the canvas has ranged from classical to cartoon-like; earlier works are characterized by the use of dark colors and thicker lines, giving way to vibrant colors and minimized lines in later works.

While he did not limit himself in subject matter, Mr. Bowman often chose to portray people. The composition of his work – never predictable – always includes the “uncommonly common.” His pieces, even when they embody the simplest subject matter, are powerful in their ability to evoke both the comic and the deep.

Until nearly his final moments, Bowman’s paint brush – and his creative mind – were never still. His irreplaceable vision lives on in his body of work.

Artist painting a mural for a client

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