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A Recent ARTNOWSF Post :)

Here’s a recent post on ARTNOWSF, thanks to Bay Area based artist, lurker, and general maker of mayhem, John Felix Arnold III. Thanks Hoss

Robert Bowen : SF : CA

Posted on December 30, 2011 by John Felix Arnold III

Robert Bowen is a friend and an inspiration.  His work was some of the first I was introduced to once I dropped out of SFAI in 2007 and decided to immerse myself in the world of artists, studios, and hustling that exists in San Francisco outside of the confines of the standard art institutions.  His sense of humor and sharp take on society emerge from his pieces like Bill Hicks words emerged from the stages he performed on.  His work is classic yet contemporary, pop yet explores subtlety, and rich in research and satire.  Keep watching Bowen as continues to help us move forward with a laugh and a bit of an uneasy step.

Robert Bowen
“The bastard son of 1000 maniacs, Robert Bowen is a San Francisco based artist who watched entirely too much t.v. as a kid. A connoisseur of bad habits and collector of all things wrong, this “artist” feels it is his duty to bombard you with whatever inane and juvenile imagery falls from his hand. Hell bent on world domination, he pauses only occasionally for Mexican food and Lindsay Lohan movies.

A visual artist living and working in San Francisco, Robert Bowen has been exhibiting his artwork throughout the US for over ten years. Bowen got his start through graffiti and street art, and went on to attend art school and obtain a classical education as a painter.

Robert Bowen’s work is a strange, swirling brew of colorful contradiction that is not easy to define or even understand, but that seems quite the point. Throughout his body of work, Bowen takes familiar iconography and handily corkscrews it with his own unique brand of humor and distinct painting style. Bowen’s ability to reappropriate contradictory symbols into unsettling situations puts him in league with greats like Ron English, and Andy Warhol. He continues to walk the line between charming humor and blasphemous sarcasm with symbolic imagery that leaves the viewer both curious and confused. -Stacey Ransom”