Lithograph I by Denis Bowen

Lithograph I by Denis Bowen

Lithograph I

Denis Bowen

Title

Lithograph I

 
Artist

Denis Bowen

  1921 - 2006 (biography)
Year
1956  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
11 x 17 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
artist's proof 
Annotations
pencil editioned and dated 
Reference
 
Paper
light cream Crisbrook 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
19315 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Denis Bowen (1921-2006) was born in Kimberley, South Africa, to a Welsh farmer. Orphaned at a young age, Bowen and his siblings moved to England in the mid 1920s, living with family in Manchester and then in Huddersfield. It was there that he enrolled on the Huddersfield Art School under the tutelage of Reginald Napier, who eventually encouraged him to apply to the Royal College of Art, London.

It wasn't until after his service in the Second World War that he attended the college, in 1946. A pursuit of the new and exciting Tachism genre (a European equivalent to America's 'Abstract Expressionism') allowed the artist to break away from a more classical training he received under Carel Wright, Robert Buhler and John Minton.Denis Bowen.

Bowen leaned toward the experimental explorations of contemporaries such as Pierre Soulages and Georges Mathieu, and their knowledge of "pure painting," which translated well in the printmaking medium that Bowen began to experiment with as he began teaching the the early 1950s.

This impression is from the estate of Lilly Stern, owner of Molton Gallery in London in the 1960s.