Mark Bowles Biography

Mark Bowles Biography

 

Mark Bowles, Ever Changing Landscape #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 80"

Mark Bowles, Ever Changing Landscape #2, Acrylic on Canvas, 60" x 80"

 

Artist Statement

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have painted all my life. My passion for interpreting what I saw brought me to my studies at the California College of Arts & Crafts. There I completed my studies with honors. In addition, I studied at the Institudio Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is this dedication and passion for my art that has allowed my work to grow and move forward and stay fresh. My work is presently collected and shown nationally

Whether I am working with a still life, the human figure, or landscape, I am always fascinated by texture, form and color which I use in expressing how I feel about what I am seeing. I do not limit myself in what I paint or how I might interpret what I see. This freedom allows my work to move from representational to minimalist to abstraction. My work is ever changing, ever challenging and always a passionate delight. It is always my intention to address the canvas directly, honestly, and boldly. My heart is always pushing my work to find new language in expressing what I see and how I feel about it. The result therefore is not just an intellectual exercise for me, it is being involved in the "Now"…always open for change and challenge...always evolving.

Exploring color, composition, the quality and attitude of a line, as well as various materials will always fascinate and be tools for me. It is my goal to draw the viewer into my space and let them become involved in their own personal journey and discovery of the work. The ultimate reward for me is to communicate something new to the viewer even if for just a moment in time. Painting is my commitment, my passion and my fulfillment. I am honored by those who find inspiration from my work.

 

Mark Bowles, Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 50"

Mark Bowles, Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 50"

 

Education

  • 1976 - 1980 - California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA - Graduate Program Full Merit Scholarship
  • 1974  - Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1972 - Institudio Allende, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
  • 1971 - 1976 - California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honors in Painting, Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

 

Selected Exhibits

  • 2017 - "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2016 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts Gallery, CA
  • 2016 - Group Show - Saving the California Delta, California State University, Sacramento, CA
  • 2014 - A Conversation with Mark Bowles, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
  • 2014 - This Land is Your Land, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
  • 2013 - Two-Person Show with Fred Borcherdt, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2013 - Embassy in Mauritius, chosen by Amassador Shari Villarosa
  • 2012 - Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, California
  • 2012 - S. F. MOMA Artist Gallery Warehouse Sale at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012 - Crocker Art Museum Big Names Small Art Event, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012 - Central Coast Wine Classic, Paso Robles, California
  • 2012 - Pour for Prevention, Sacramento, CA
  • 2009 - University of the Pacific (UOP) Stockton, CA ( solo show)
  • 2009 - Imagery Winery/Benziger Winery, Glen Ellen, CA (wine label)
  • 2009 - Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, FL (group show/lecture)
  • 2007 - Santa Lucia Preserve, Invitational En Plein Air, Carmel, CA
  • 2007 - Mark Sublette Modern, Tucson, AZ (group show)
  • 2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005-2006 - Yosemite Museum Traveling Exhibition
  • 2005 - Crocker Art Museum, Acquisitions Committee (Permanent Collection), Sacramento, CA
  • 2005 - Crocker Art Museum, Invitational, Art Auction, Sacramento CA
  • 2005 - Boston Arts, Invitational, American Landscape Show,  Boston, MA
  • 2005 - Crocker Art Museum, Art Auction Invitational, Sacramento, CA
  • 2005 - Crocker-Kingsley 74th Exhibition (3rd Place), Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  • 2005 - Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, Fl (solo show)
  • 2005 - Yosemite Museum, Yosemite National Park, CA (juried show) Honorable Mention
  • 2004 - Fairfield Annual Juried Art Show, Fairfield, CA - Juror's Award & City of Fairfield Purchase Award
  • 2004 - Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, FL (solo show)
  • 2004 - Williams & Padden Architects, Granite Bay, CA (solo show)
  • 2004 - Sacramento Open Space Conservancy, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - California State Fair, Award of Excellence, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Crocker Art Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, CA (invitational)
  • 2004 - Yosemite National Park Museum, CA (juried show)
  • 2004 - Yosemite National Park Museum (Traveling Exhibition) (invitational)
  • 2004 - Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ (invitational)
  • 2004 - Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards  Desert Aids Project
  • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Friends of the River Group Show, Sacramento, CA (invitational)
  • 2004 - Yosemite Renaissance XVII, Yosemite Museum, CA
  • 2003-2004 - Yosemite Renaissance Traveling Exhibition
  • 2004 - California State Fair, Juried, Award of Merit, Sacramento CA
  • 2004 - Artist Business Council, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (Art Auction invitational)
  • 2004 - Sacramento Valley Open Space Conservancy (group invitational)
  • 2001 - California State Fair, Award of Excellence, Sacramento CA.
  • 2000-2001 - California State Fair, Award of Merit, Sacramento CA.
  • 2004 - Arts and Business Council Sculpture Benefit, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Arts and Business Council of Sacramento: Renaissance (invitational)
  • 2004 - Crocker Art Museum Art Auctions, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Sacramento Open Space Conservancy, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Sutter Club- " New Work", Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Art Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 1999 - California State Fair, Jurors Award-Golden Bear Award, Sacramento, CA
  • 2004 - Palm Springs Desert Museum, Artist Council 30th Annual Nat'l Juried Show, Palm Springs, CA
  • 2004 - American Red Cross Showcase, Palm Beach, FL
  • 2004 - California College of Arts and Crafts Alumni Invitational, San Francisco, CA

 

 

 

 

Individual Achievments / Residencies

  • 2011 - Artist of the Day, awarded by www.google.com
  • Crocker-Kingsley, Lecture, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca
  • Artist in Residence. Yosemite National Park, YNP, CA
  • Artist in Residence, Maynard Dixons Home. Mt Carmel, Utah
  • University of Pacific, Stockton, CA Lecture
  • Fairfield Annual Juried Art Show, Fairfield, CA, Juror’s Award & City of Fairfield Purchase Award
  • California State Fair, Jurors Award-Golden Bear Award, Sacramento, CA
  • California State Fair 2001, Award of Excellence, Sacramento CA.
  • California State Fair 2000, 2001, Award of Merit, Sacramento CA
  • 1999 - California State Fair, Jurors Award-Golden Bear Award, Sacramento, CA
  • Head Art Docent, Trajan Elementary School, Orangevale, CA
  • Liaison to Trajan Elementary School for the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Ark
  • Head Art Docent, Coleman Elementary School, Orangevale, CA
  • Artists in Action Assembly Coordinator, San Juan Unified School District
  • Represented California College of Arts and Crafts (C.C.A.C.) to United States Senate for funding of Union of Independent Colleges
  • Permanent Slide Catalog of College C.C.A.C. (graduate) 1976-79’
  • Permanent Slide Catalog of C.C.A.C. (undergraduate) 1976
  • Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards - Desert Aids Project

Publications

  • 2008 Artweek magazine, preview article
  • 2005 Sacramento Bee "Critics Pick" Victoria Dalkey
  • 2005 Sacramento Bee "Valley Landscape Show" reviewed by Victoria Dalkey
  • 2005 Sacramento Bee "Crocker-Kingsley" reviewed by Victoria Dalkey
  • 2005 Palm Beach Daily News, B.C. New Dimension, Art by Mark Bowles
  • 2004 Architectural Digest-The Brazilian Court, Artwork Represented
  • 2004 Art in America Artist Reference List
  • 2003 Art in America Artist Reference List
  • 2002 Art in America Artist Reference List
  • 2002 Sacramento Magazine Guide to Artist
  • 2000 Guide to the Arts-Cover Art and feature article
  • 2000 Southwest Art magazine
  • 1999 Sacramento Bee California Works
  • 1997 Sacramento Bee Art World
  • 1996 Palm Springs Life magazine

 

Selected Collections

  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
  • Booth Western Art Museum, GA
  • Mr. Daniel Boulud, Restaurateur, NY
  • Brazilian Court, Palm Beach, FL
  • Capitol Builders, Folsom, CA
  • Ceebraid Signal, Palm Beach, FL
  • Chang, Ruthenberg & Long, Folsom, CA
  • City of Fairfield, Fairfield, CA
  • Crocker Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Sacramento, CA
  • Downtown Plaza, Sacramento, CA
  • Evergreen Development Corporation, Sacramento, CA
  • Garcia, Brenner, Stromberg, Boca Raton, FL
  • Gen Corp - Aero Jet
  • Hahn Corp
  • Iron Point Business Park, Folsom, CA
  • Kriess Collections, L.A and Palm Springs
  • Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
  • Roseville Bank of Commerce
  • Spieker Properties
  • Stanford Ranch
  • Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
  • Westfield Properties