With these works I hope to preserve for our disenchanted and rational world the 'solemn' quality Frederich Nietzsche discerned in African art, its magic and incantatory power. Combining the vibrational colour-field kinesis of indigenous Australian painting with the concise reductive rigour of Arabic grammar and the formal nature of traditional African mask-making, these multi-layered paintings evanesce, hover and tremble just a stop or two before total abstraction
In a working method analogous to that of the novelist I invite my subjects/models into the life room and make initial pencil sketches and photographs. Then through the medium of oil paint these primary depictions are worked and shifted into semi ficticous portrait characters.The displaced isolation of these individuals yet to be 'written' into an unrealised narrative thus inviting the viewer to create their own.
Richard Butler Bowdon
b. Cape Town, S. Africa. Lives and works in Melbourne Australia and London UK.
The works on this website were exhibited at :
2011 : First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare, ZIMBABWE.
2012 : Substation, Newport, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
2012 : Mere Coincidence Project Space, Bow, London E3, UK.
2013 : Frieze week 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London UK (First Floor Gallery Harare).
2014 : Frieze week 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London UK.
2014 : Joburg Contemporary Art Fair, SOUTH AFRICA (First Floor Gallery Harare).
2015 : Cape Town Art Fair, SOUTH AFRICA (First Floor Gallery Harare).