John Bowstead

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John Bowstead (born Northampton 27 September 1940) is an English artist and contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.

Career[edit]

Bowstead studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1963, with fellow Slade painters Terry Atkinson, Roger Jeffs, and Bernard Jennings, he formed the art group "Fine Artz Associates".[1] The group exhibited its work, "The Kandilac Kustomised Asteroid Action Seat", in the 1964 "Young Contemporaries" exhibition.[2]

He worked on the Light/Sound Workshop at Hornsey College of Art (Media Experiments 1-4, 1968; [Project no. 118]).[3] He worked on Airplane Panels for the Milan Triennale installation, 1967-8 (Project no. 107), as featured in Archigram 8, 1968 (Project no. 100.8).[4] His project on Information: Multi-Channel Audio-Visual Environmental System, with Roger Jeffs, featured in Archigram 8, while his All-Singing Multi-Media Spectacular, presented with friends, was advertised in Archigram 9, 1970 (Project no. 100.9)[5]

Bowstead's work is referenced in "Too much: art and society in the Sixties 1960-75" (Robert Hewson 1986), "Burning the Box of Beautiful Things" (Alex Seago),[citation needed] and "Critical Kitaj: Essays on the Work of R.B. Kitaj" (James Aulich).[citation needed]

In 2001, he became Head of Visual and Performing Arts at the Working Men's College, and currently teaches on the College's Access to Art & Design course.[citation needed] Many Bowstead students later studied at Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Chelsea, St Martins and the London College of Communication.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bowstead is married with two children and lives in Newham, East London.[citation needed]

Recognition[edit]

In 1962, while studying at Coventry School of Art, Bowstead won the Reuters Prize for "Young Contemporaries", alongside Maurice Agis, David Hockney and Peter Phillips.[6] This led to the exhibition "Four Young Artists" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.[7] The following year he received an "Honourable Mention" in the John Moores Prize competition for his piece "Surf Citizen".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Atkinson (Fine Artz Associates) York University; retrieved 19 April 2011
  2. ^ Young Contemporaries
  3. ^ "Young Contemporaries 1968: The Hornsey Light/Sound Workshop - Blog". LUX. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ exp university of westminster aap. "Archigram Magazine Issue No. 8 - Archigram Archival Project". Archigram.westminster.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  5. ^ exp university of westminster aap. "Archigram Magazine Issue No. 9 - Archigram Archival Project". Archigram.westminster.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  6. ^ Four Young Artists. Institute of Contemporary Arts1962, First Edition. Folding Sheet. Square 8vo; retrieved 19 April 2011
  7. ^ ICA 1962
  8. ^ John Moores Exhibition 1963

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