Blog Mappa Mundi by Frank Bowling

Mappa Mundi by Frank Bowling

Posted March 10, 2019, 5:50 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi

Prestel Publishing

For the uninitiated, the book title is a telling one as it zeros in on Frank Bowling’s large-scale map paintings, which are more often than not of borderline monumental scale. Location and history have always been major sources of inspiration for Bowling, who channeled these via muted yet fiery nuances combined with oceanic tinges to transport the beholder into spheres where landscapes and space are redefined.

What I like most about Bowling’s oeuvre is that it evokes an almost physical power when he outlines the shapes of continents, as they seem to float on lava against backdrops of warm and radiant expanses and chromatic spaces.

Digging deeper, Bowling’s cinematic paintings deal with identify, ethnicity, the sense of belonging, Heimat(losigkeit) and ever changing territorial claims.

In a day and age where migration is more relevant a topic than ever, Bowling meaning infused abstract works create awareness for geopolitical transformations that are never not in flux.

Mappa Mundi is homage to a six-decade spanning career of a unique artist that questioned formalism, moved away from mere representation early on in his career and has developed a style of his own with explorations of colours, tactility and transparency that remain unrivalled.

The fact that Bowling’s art is framed by essays and curatorial notes as well as writings of the artists, helps to explore not only the artist but also map out his journey and his personal world.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi

Posted by T
May 22, 2019, 8:29 a.m.

Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi Simon and Schuster   Needless to say that each of us would have a list of what we would deem to be influential thinkers. ... read more

Water of Life – The Canberra Distillery

Posted by T
May 21, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Water of Life – The Canberra Distillery   Again, despite being the capital of Australia, I have never felt the urge to visit – that has recently changed as more ... read more

Water of Life – Underground Spirits Canberra

Posted by T
May 19, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

Water of Life – Underground Spirits Canberra   There are busier and more happening cities than what has been chosen to become the capital of terra australis. Canberra is certainly ... read more

Highlander Whisky Bar and Bunnahabhain

Posted by T
May 18, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Water of Life Launch of Highlander Whisky Bar and Bunnahabhain My first and long overdue encounter with Bunnahabhain was at the recent opening of the Highlander Whisky Bar at the Sir ... read more

Water of Life – ArteNOM

Posted by T
May 17, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

Water of Life – ArteNOM Now, if you care for Tequila a tad more than shooting it, there are worlds to discover once you delve beyond the mainstream offerings that ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.