Abstract Paintings by Jeffrey Bowman

Unquestionably, the hardest part of being an artist for me is writing artist statements and descriptions for my work. Torn between giving too much information or hoping the viewer can connect deeply on their own is a constant struggle. Until now I have also been unable to tie in my passion for music and fabrication with my primary focus which is my paintings. I wanted to craft a new way of exploring my art while at the same time letting that process be both narrative and descriptive. What I devised was a fiction based narrative that explores Circaeus. Circaeus comes from the word circus which I often use to describe my imagination. So, on some level, this work is also nonfiction. The different layers of this adventure hopefully ensure that viewers can find a connection to my work if they desire to do so. From a pure description of a piece to the reflective narrative passage about the need, process, and muse. All are present. Music is added to the painting or sculpture by the guise of a field recording that takes place in the story. The addition of music will hopefully give the viewer yet another way to resonate with the painting or sculpture. The different mediums are all used to lead the reader through their adventure. The story could dictate the art and vice versa. Each medium is explicitly used to give the viewer their best chance at seeing and understanding Circaeus. I made the thing I disliked most, the artist statement my primary form of expression. My artist statement is now how I share my artistic exploration. 

// Recent Exhibitions //

The Dirty Show, Russell Exhibition Center
February 2017, February 2016

The DAMNED Show, Tangent Gallery
October 2016, October 2015

East Side Art Show, St. Clair Shores Adult & Community Education Building
June 2016

Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
June–August 2016, June-August 2015

Detroit Artists Market Garden Party
June 2016, June 2015

Biennial All Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market
May 2016

Hatchback 10, Hatch Gallery
April 2016

Spellbound, Tangent Gallery
January 2016

Actual Size, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
December 2015

Things Feel Heavy, Tangent Gallery
July 2015

Day of the Dead Offering to El Santo, Whitdel Gallery
November 2015