Bonner David Galleries’ upcoming show in June features talented figurative artist Eric Bowman. Bowman has done a wide variety of work over the last several years from commercial work to book and CD covers. His show, “Off Key, On Point,” is centered on his love for classical dance and jazz music. He is able to portray elegance and grace of dancers through his brushstrokes that move ever so elegantly. His paintings of jazz musicians and singers almost make you want to snap your fingers while gazing at the detail of his composition. These new works inspire one to want to dance, sing, or paint.
Bowman answered some questions to help us better understand the man behind the brush.
How did you start painting?
Eric Bowman: My father used to oil paint as a hobby, so I was around it since I was a toddler. I started painting seriously right out of high school in different mediums. I’m self taught and still learning and developing (which is a life-long endeavor if you’re really serious about it…)
Where did the idea of painting ballerinas and jazz artists come from?
EB: I have a friend that is a photographer for the Oregon Ballet Theater and he was able to provide ballerinas as models in my studio. I much prefer the authenticity of watching a ballerina’s beauty, strength, and solitude while they are warming up and preparing to perform.
Jazz is a unique American art form and painting it, I feel, is a way to draw attention and give more recognition to it. As a child my mom always used to listen to jazz music and I didn’t care for it much then however, now that my mom has passed away it reminds me of her and I do enjoy it.
Do you listen to jazz while you’re in your studio?
EB: I do! I listen especially while painting the jazz pieces. There are no lyrics so it’s not distracting and hearing instruments are particularly helpful towards the painting process.
As an established artist what advice do you have for new artists?
EB: As you begin to understand your medium of choice and get a grasp on handling it, begin to move in a direction of your own, away from emulating those who’ve influenced you — eventually you will find you own voice and in turn make unique statement that people will desire and ultimately become established with a great gallery (like Bonner David).
What is your favorite getaway?
EB: I like the central Oregon coast in late summer when the tourists have left, and I don’t even mind if it rains — it’s the solitude and memories I have there that appeal to me.
If you weren’t an artist what would you be?
Is there something funny people don’t know about you?
EB: Definitely (and let’s keep it that way)!
Please come enjoy Eric Bowman’s new work, the shows opens June 9, 2011 from 6-9pm and will hang until June 22nd.
And don’t miss his feature article in the June issue of American Art Collector! (click here to read)