(Kuhn Family Gallery) Realistic expressionism is how John Bowen describes his work. Capturing a mood, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create his art. Emphasizing the play on light and shadow as seen in nature. Describing textures of time written in historic places. Capturing a moment of history, that sense of space. These are the feelings John tries to express in his paintings. Each idea is carefully planned from exploration through execution. Plein Air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve his vision.
Combining both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb.) Arches archival watercolor paper. John works patiently, using established principles to create the final piece. Hoping to express the beauty that inspired him. His reproductions are done through the Giclee process, so to be of the finest quality. Once a scan is completed, he has
his images done on canvas and or watercolor paper.
John Bowen has been a Commercial Artist and Fine Arts Painter for more than 50 years. He first studied commercial art at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, at Newark, New Jersey. After two years of experience in advertising agencies, he entered the United States Air Force as an illustrator. His duties in the Air Force included a year of graphically documenting airlift operations in South Vietnam, in 1968. Upon his separation from the service he moved to South Florida and went to work in the art department, at the Miami Herald. He spent the next 38 years working in newspaper advertising.
John’s background as an illustrator has made him a “detail” watercolorist. His experience allows him to convey the mood and story of the scene through the use of dramatic lighting and vibrant color.
John Bowen has many artistic achievements, which include being an artist for the United States Air Force, a Signature Member of Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society, a published artist in “Watercolor Magic”, American Artist and “International Artist” Magazines, a self-published author of the illustrated book “ Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” and a Resident Artist at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Florida. His work has been seen in many exhibition throughout Florida and the country.