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View From The Ridge | 60x80
View From The Ridge | 60x80
$19,200.00
Acrylic on Canvas
60"H x 80"W
Looking at the New Light | 54x72
Looking at the New Light | 54x72
$15,552.00
Acrylic on Canvas, Framed
54"H x 72"W
As the Sun Sets | 60x52
As the Sun Sets | 60x52
$12,480.00
Acrylic on Canvas, Framed
60"H x 52"W
A Landscape in Time | 50x50
A Landscape in Time | 50x50
$10,000.00
Acrylic on Canvas
50"H x 50"W
Light on the Range | 52x48
Light on the Range | 52x48
$10,000.00
Acrylic on Canvas
52"H x 48"W
Shifting Light | 36x48
Shifting Light | 36x48
$6,912.00
Acrylic on Canvas
36"H x 48"W
Copper Canyon | 36x36
Copper Canyon | 36x36
$5,184.00
Acrylic on Canvas
36"H x 36"W
Autumn Evening | 40x30
Autumn Evening | 40x30
$4,800.00
Acrylic on Canvas
40"H x 30"W
Untamed  *Sold*
Untamed *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
40"H x 40"W
2021
**SOLD**
Purple Mountains *Sold*
Purple Mountains *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
30"H x 30"W
2021
**SOLD**
Moonlight *Sold*
Moonlight *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
40"H x 40"W
2021
**SOLD**
Setting Sun  *Sold*
Setting Sun *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas, Framed
40"H x 40"W
**SOLD**
Patterns of the Desert *Sold*
Patterns of the Desert *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
48"H x 48"W
**SOLD**
Winter Light *SOLD*
Winter Light *SOLD*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
60"H x 48"W
2020
**SOLD**
*Telluride Gallery*
Warmth of the Day  *Sold*
Warmth of the Day *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
40"H x 40"W
2020
**SOLD**
The Start of a New Day  *Sold*
The Start of a New Day *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
48"H x 60"W
2020
**SOLD**
The Winds of the West  *Sold*
The Winds of the West *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
30"H x 30"W
2020
**SOLD**
As Summer Lingers  *Sold*
As Summer Lingers *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
30"H x 30"W
2020
**SOLD**
Earth Wind and Water  *Sold*
Earth Wind and Water *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas, Framed
48"H x 60"W
**SOLD**
A View Through Time  *Sold*
A View Through Time *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
60"H x 80"W
**SOLD**
Where the Bay Meets the Marsh  *Sold*
Where the Bay Meets the Marsh *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas, Diptych
36"H x 36"W, Each
**SOLD**
Early Start of the Day  *Sold*
Early Start of the Day *Sold*
$0.00
Acrylic on Canvas
48"H x 60"W
**SOLD**
Artist Biography


 “The first encounter with paintings by Mark Bowles can be a bit like walking into a room that is a little too dark. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust before you can really take in what you are seeing. While they can be enjoyed at a glance, these are not paintings intended for casual viewing. Taking the time to look closely brings its rewards.
 When I see Mark's images, I am struck initially by his bold use of color. It is understood that he is a skilled colorist. Indicating multiple application techniques, the works feature layers of pigments and varying textures. The colors play off each other, often contrasting and complimenting one another within a single painting. As I take in the different color relations, this is when the compositional structure begins to assert itself. Colors, joyful as they are, are not haphazard, but are evidently guided by an underlying construction.
Recent paintings suggest vaguely familiar land masses and agrarian fields of central California, but they are clearly imaginative responses not intended to be read as literal. They balance the familiar with the highly personal. These are not landscapes in a classical sense that ask us to pinpoint a precise location. Instead, we are seeing landscapes of the mind. We are seeing Mark's responses to his lived experience and his shifting reactions brought on by various sites over time. Looking closely at the combination of colors and forms, we are rewarded not by trying to find the specificity of place, but by connecting with the artist's emotions and personal feelings about nature.” - Jerry N. Smith, PhD, Curator of American and Western American Art


“Bowles’ landscapes are individual statements that have emerged with individuality from a rich tradition of California landscape painting. Unlike his friend, Gregory Kondos, Mark Bowles is not a plein-air painter although he finds time in the field crucial to his artistic sensibility. Mark prefers the solitude of the studio to address painting infrastructure and color interplay which eventually find placement in a finished work. Whereas many practicing Northern California landscape painters find richness with riparian settings or city-scapes, Bowles primarily features the broad plains of the Central Valley as his favored subject matter. Often, distinctive landmarks are visible in a setting that is on the verge of abstraction.”  - Scott Shields, Ph. D., Chief Curator, Crocker Art Museum

 

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