FootPrint Series HB1
Oil, Charcoal and Graphite on Cartridge Paper
40 cm x 40 cm (framed)
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Growing up in a holiday destination, small, seaside town it is not surprising that much of my work has referenced the sea, the beach and littoral. In this new series of paintings the works echo the marks, lines and shapes that we made in the wet, grey sand of our home town beach: thus the canvas becomes the beach that acted as the canvas of my child-hood.
Moving freely from one work to another there is a sense of play and random mark-making and through the use of colour, of scribbled lines and drip marks I have attempted to capture the tides and the occasional gleam of sunshine.
Along with scratched childhood messages to the gods, our childhood castles in the sand were built to keep out the marauding tidal waters; today I believe these fortress images represent something more sinister referencing an incoming tide of bigotry and intolerance. And whilst these are not overtly political works I find within them a questioning on the notion of place, identity and belonging. - Day Bowman, 2020
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Day Bowman is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art and London University whose painting lies on the axis of abstraction and figuration.
In 2012 she was commissioned to produce a series of giant posters for Weymouth Station, host town to the Olympic Sailing and Paralympic Sailing Events. Internationally her work has been selected to represent the UK at Nord Art Germany (2013) and her work was part of a four art museum tour in China with Contemporary British Painting (2018).
Most recently, her work was awarded First Prize in the Anima Mundi Painting Prize Venice Biennale 2019 and for the Bath Arts Open Painting Prize U.K. 2019.
Her work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide including: Hilton Hotel Group, British Dental Association, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Art Collection, Dorset County Hospital and Yantai Art Museum China.