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Joe Bowman - Clearing {detail}
Clearing {detail}

I begin my work with a large – and growing – pool of black-and-white, freehand illustrations. I photocopy the images needed for any given piece onto art paper, and cut them out in as much detail as possible and in such a way as to minimize visible seams. I then collage these cutouts together to create large-format, richly detailed city- and landscapes ranging in size from 4″x6″ to 3’x5′, of which I have completed about thirty so far.

Big House Joe Bowman
Big House

I have gained a fair amount of experience showing my work, having participated in a group show at the now-defunct Echo Curio and with several various warehouse art cooperatives in Los Angeles; the response I have thus far gotten has been overwhelmingly positive and I am interested to see how it will play with a wider audience.

Castle In The Forest - Joe Bowman
Castle In The Forest

Joseph Bowman (1752-1779) was an officer in the American Revolutionary War who served in the Illinois campaign. Maj. Bowman participated in the 1778 capture of Fort de Chartres, and remained there for some time as the commander of the newly renamed Fort Bowman. While attending a victory celebration, Maj. Bowman was injured by an accidental gunpowder explosion and later succumbed to his injuries, becoming the only American officer to die in the Illinois campaign. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Outhouse - Joe Bowman

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Joe can be contacted via jpowersbowman{at}gmail {dot}com

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