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September 2009

MARK BOWLES

ATMOSPHERE

"Sky alone is Magnificent and Engaging.
Sometimes it needs no Tether."

PREVIEW RECEPTION
Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 5-8 pm

SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION
Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 6-9 pm

SHOW DATES
September 12 - October 3, 2009

GALLERY HOURS
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm
And by appointment

SECOND SATURDAY WEEK ONLY
Friday 12-5pm


Atmosphere #37, Acrylic on Canvas, 44 x 56 inches, 2009,
Mark Bowles


In this body of work I am presenting, here is an example of what I have been working on the past year. The evolution of a body of work still closely related to my landscape-based work. Many paintings here relate strictly to the atmosphere as a subject matter, connected to my landscape work. The sky without the horizon line is part of the evolution. The horizon line separates the sky from the earth. I have deliberately put together a group of paintings that show this evolution and exploration. The atmosphere is taking on a bigger role in the paintings and being defined by areas of color, light patterns and the representation of random light particles.

I think part of the role of an artist is to first find his voice and then expand on it. When he finds a suitable way of expressing himself, then it is important not to become a production painter (artist) from that -- he should never become a slave to his voice, his audience or himself and what he knows. He should be painting what he doesn't know. Being an artist should never be a stagnant state; it is part of the process of life and should be about learning, exploring, experimenting, fluidity, a continuum. I think it is incredible important to keep innovating and expanding the range of your voice. So what I am doing with this body of work is expanding the role of my "landscape referenced paintings" by defining more of the atmosphere and light. As a landscape painter I am exploring how I view and express the atmosphere, the sky, and the light on my canvas. Besides color and references to light particles, there is also a new method of applying the paint. I have done this by manufacturing my own brushes and tools to be able to get the right application I need to express this. Discovering the atmosphere on its own, without a relationship to the earth, has allowed me to have a tremendous amount of growth and a renewal of a different type of engagement with my work. That is what I share with you today.

Mark Bowles


Change of Atmosphere
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 inches
2009

Atmosphere #40
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 inches
2009

Land/Atmosphere Interchange
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
2009

Sum of the Light in the Atmosphere #32
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
2009



Atmosphere #35
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
2009

Referencing the Landscape
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
2009

The Gate to Heaven
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 inches
2009

Sum of Light in Atmosphere #41
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 60 inches
2009



Bees
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 inches
2009

Fog
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 40 inches
2009

Summer Rain
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 48 inches
2009