New minimalist work by Julian Bowers

A Naked Man Suntanning On A Rock, 2012 (Acrylic on canvas, 22” x 28”)
If Only We Could Pretend To Be Something Else, 2012 (Acrylic on canvas, 22” x 28”)

These two new pieces by my son, Julian Bowers, are clean, quiet and peaceful, yet they still have the powerful and voracious exploration found in his previous work.

This is india ink with brush on paper. The image I tore out of the sketchbook a little carelessly. I wasn’t aiming for any realistic effort as 1) that’s beyond me and 2) I should embrace the style I have. Yes, the painting is of a nude woman waking up. Yes, I know that subject’s been done to death, but it just occurred naturally for me to do that. Also, what’s a more classic (read: cliché) subject to use in trying to develop one’s style? Hands and faces I guess I’m still uncomfortable with. But why? The whole thing looks skewed as well, what harm would distorted looking hands and faces do? Probably a bit, who knows. - Julian Bowers

Stay tuned for a blog post on Julian’s band Sleuth, as they prep for their trip to New York!

Sleuth (photo by Victoria Johnson). L to R: Julian Bowers, Jainy Lastoria, Oliver McTavish-Wisden, Jesse Leon Easter

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