David Bowes

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David Dirrane Bowes
David Bowes
In New York City, 1990 photo by Sylvie Ball
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Known for Painting
Movement 1980s New York Art Scene

David Dirrane Bowes (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1957) is an American painter, based in Turin, Italy.[1] He was first recognized for his paintings during the early 1980s in New York's East Village.


Born in 1957 to Katherine "Kae" (née Dirrane) and John S. Bowes.[2] He is a brother of science fiction writer Richard Bowes.[2]

Bowes attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the mid 1970s and has taught painting classes at his alma mater.[3]

His paintings are often brightly colored, with loose painterly strokes and make reference to multiple sources such as allegories, mythology and art history. He has been described as being a "brilliant painter",[4] and having a "delicacy of touch and genuine fascination with the medium of paint."[5]

Bowes' work is exhibited in the United States and Europe. He participated in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and one of his works is present in the Lucio Amelio's Terrae Motus collection at the Royal Palace of Caserta.[6][7] His work is held in the collection of the Walker Art Center[8] and the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA.


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