Eric Bowman Biography

Eric Bowman Biography

Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, CA. Essentially a self-taught artist, Eric had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember, always the class artist throughout his elementary and high school years. Early on, various art-related jobs such as silk screen T-shirt printer or surfboard airbrush technician led to a lengthy and successful career as a commercial artist, eventually transitioning to fine art painting.

As a painter, Eric has exhibited in national & regional exhibitions in some of the country's most prestigious galleries and museums including the Autry Museum of the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Kaiping Art Museum (China), the Academy Art Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Salmagundi Club in NYC.  His paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. as well as England, China, Australia, Canada and Mexico.

Eric's work has also been showcased in feature articles with Art Of The West, Southwest Art, Practique Des Arts (France), International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air and Western Art Collector magazines. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club, the American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. When not traveling to various art events or visiting his beloved home state of California, Eric resides in northwest Oregon with his wife and daughter, and their dog, Mucha.

 

Publications: 

  • "Maynard Dixon's American West: Along the Distant Mesa" by Mark Sublette, 2018
  • Southwest Art magazine - Feature Article January 2019
  • Western Art Collector, November 2018
  • Southwest Art magazine - Solo Show Preview June 2018
  • Western Art Collector magazine - Solo Show Preview June 2018
  • Fine Art Connoisseur magazine - Feature on Western Influences Oct 2017
  • Western Art Collector magazine - Solo Show Preview August 2017 
  • Southwest Art magazine - Solo Show Preview August 2017
  • Art of the West magazine - Feature Article March/April 2017
  • Plein Air magazine - Feature Article April 2016
  • Pratique Des Arts (French art publication) - Feature Article May 2015
  • Southwest Art magazine - "Artist to Watch" October 2014
  • International Artist magazine - Feature Article Nov/Dec 2014
  • Uncle Jam magazine - Feature Article and cover image Winter 2013
  • American Art Collector magazine - Solo Show Preview May 2013
  • American Art Collector magazine - Solo Show Preview January 2013
  • Southwest Art magazine - "Artistic Excellence" Award Dec 2012
  • American Art Collector magazine - Solo Show Preview June 2011

 

Awards: 

  • Artist Choice - "Sonoma Plein Air" - September 2018 - Sonoma, CA
  • Best of Show - "BoldBrush Painting Competition"  April 2018 - Juror: Jeffery Watts
  • Best of Show - "BoldBrush Painting Competition"  June 2017 - Juror: David Kassan
  • First Place - "Plein Air Salon"  Oct/Nov 2016 - Juror: C W Mundy
  • Second Place - "BoldBrush Painting Competition"  October 2016 - Juror: Jennifer Diehl 
  • Best of Show - "BoldBrush Painting Competition"  January 2015 - Juror: Timothy C Tyler
  • Honorable Mention - Southwest Art magazine "Artistic Excellence" competition 2012
  • Artist Choice - "Sonoma Plein Air" - Oct 2012 - Sonoma, CA 
  • Plein Air Magazine Award - "Sonoma Plein Air" - Oct 2012 - Sonoma, CA
  • Second Place - "Plein Air Easton" - July 2012 - Easton, Maryland - Juror: Tim Newton, Salmagundi Club, NY
  • Second Place - "Hillsboro Plein Air" July 2010 - Cultural Arts Center; Hillsboro, OR
  • Purchase Prize - "Chronicle Exhibition Invitational" June 2010 - Festival of Arts; Lake  Oswego, OR
  • Third Place - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air" 2009 - Columbia River Art Gallery; Hood River, OR - Juror:  Ned Mueller 
  • Third Place - "San Clemente Plein Air competition" 2008 - SC Art Assoc, San Clemente, CA - Juror: Debra Huse
  • First Place - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air" 2008 - Hood River, OR - Juror: Colleen Schafroth - Director, Maryhill Museum
  • Second Place Quick Draw - "Paint San Clemente Plein Air competition" 2008 - SC Art Assoc, San Clemente, CA
  • 2 Purchase Prize Awards - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2007" - Columbia River Art Gallery; Hood River, OR - Juror: Susan Diehl
  • Honorable Mention - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2006" - Columbia River Art Gallery; Hood River, OR - Juror: Susan Diehl
  • First Place - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air" 2005"- Columbia River Art Gallery; Hood River, OR - Juror: Kenn Backhaus
  • Best Oil - "Paint the Gorge Plein Air Show" 2005 - Caswell Gallery; Troutdale, OR
  • People's Choice - "Paint the Gorge Plein Air Show"2005 - Caswell Gallery; Troutdale, OR
  • First Place Quick Draw - "Bidwell Park Centennial Plein Air Competition 2005" Avenue 9 Gallery; Chico, CA

 

 Select Shows:    

  • 2019 "Along the Distant Mesa: An Homage to Maynard Dixon" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Invitational - "Masters of the American West" 2019, Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA
  • Group Show - "California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition" 2018, Natural History Museum - Los Angeles, CA
  • Invitational - "Night of Artists" 2018, 2019 - Briscoe Western Art Museum - San Antonio, TX
  • Group Show - "California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions" 2016, 2017, Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA
  • Group Show - "Coors Western Art Exhibition" 2016, 2017 - Denver, CO
  • Invitational - "Chinese & American Outdoor Painting Exhibition 2016" Kaiping Art Museum, Kaiping, China 
  • Invitational -  "American Masters" 2014, 2015, 2016 - Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
  • Group Show - "Sonoma Plein Air" 2009, 2011 thru 2018 - Sonoma, CA
  • Invitational - "Maynard Dixon Country" 2016 - Mount Carmel, Utah 
  • Invitational - "Collectors Reserve" 2015 - Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK 
  • Juried Show - "American Impressionist Society National Exhibitions" 2010 thru 2015
  • Juried Show - "Plein Air Easton"  2011 thru 2013, 2015, 2016 - Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland 
  • Invitational -  "Small Works Invitationals" 2009 thru 2014 - Howard/Mandville Gallery; Kirkland, WA 
  • Invitational - "Laguna  Plein Air Painters Assoc. Invitational" Oct 2013 - Laguna Beach, CA
  • Invitational - "Oregon Invitational Plein Air" 2012 - Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • Juried Show - "Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions" 2008, 2009, 2012 - Evergreeen Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • Juried Show - "LPAPA Best Of Plein Air" 2010, 2011, 2012 - Laguna Beach, CA
  • Juried Show - "Pacific Northwest Plein Air" 2005 thru 2010 - Columbia River Art Gallery; Hood River, OR
  • Juried Show - "Salon International" 2010 - Greenhouse Gallery; Austin, TX
  • Award Judge - "Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational" 2010 - Borrego Art Institute; Borrego Springs, CA
  • Juried Show - "Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibitions" 2005, 2009 

 

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