Frank Bowling

Bolt (2020)

Edition of 75
17 colour screenprint with varnish, metallic and pearlised finishes on Somerset Tub Sized Satin 410 gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate.
76 x 60 cm (29.9 x 23.6 in)
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist
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'Bolt' was created to celebrate Team GB’s participation in the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Bold and euphoric, Bolt captures the energy and spirit of sprinting. This exclusive new print grew out of Bowling’s admiration for the 100 metres race and in particular one of his favourites athletes, the record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt, widely considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

This meticulously crafted screenprint is built up from seventeen separate layers of colour. The process creates pearlescent gestures and includes both the thinnest translucent marks and the thickest textural strokes, characteristic of Bowling’s greatest work.
Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1934, Frank Bowling moved to London aged 19. He went on to study painting at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj. It was during this time that he also became friends with Peter Blake.

After graduating with a silver medal, he spent the next 60 years criss-crossing the Atlantic between studios in London and New York. Maturing into a master of his medium, he developed a visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories. Now 86 he still paints every day, experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Frank Bowling exhibits in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. His works are included in important private and corporate collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London where he has had a major retrospective.