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Frank Bowling

(1936-), Artist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Guyana-born British artist, considered one of the most distinguished black artists to emerge from post-war British art schools. Part of 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 two Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2005 he became the first black British artist to be elected as a Royal Academician and received an OBE in 2008 for services to art.

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Frank Bowling, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(6)

Frank Bowling

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 21 March 1962
NPG P797(6)

Frank Bowling, by Eamonn McCabe - NPG x131765

Frank Bowling

by Eamonn McCabe
C-type colour print, 2006
NPG x131765

Royal Academicians In General Assembly, by Dennis Toff - NPG x134136

Royal Academicians In General Assembly

by Dennis Toff
C-type colour print, 28 May 2009
NPG x134136

Frank Bowling, by Nicholas Sinclair - NPG x199750

Frank Bowling

by Nicholas Sinclair
archival pigment print, 2014
NPG x199750

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