How To

How to Paint Like Bowling

Ever wondered how Frank Bowling creates dazzling, dripping compositions of colour? Find out with our step by step guide

A bit of background

Frank Bowling is an abstract painter. His paintings use a variety of bright acrylic paint colours and embedded objects that create an unusual, but mesmerising composition. Some of his most famous paintings include Spreadout Ron Kitaj and Sasha Jason Guyana Dreams. Both of these paintings show how Bowling layers paint to create a deeply textured feel to his paintings.

Are you ready to paint a Bowling-inspired artwork?

Using our step by step guide you can learn how to paint like Bowling. Bowling’s Studio Assistant, Spencer A. Richards, and his grandson Frederick Bowling tell us some of the techniques Bowling uses in his work.

More about Bowling and Abstraction

  • Artist

  • Abstract art

    Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect

  • Frank Bowling: From figuration to abstraction

    Watch the artist reflect on his career and the impact of moving from London to New York

  • Frank Bowling: Material Explorations

    Laura Homer

    This paper establishes a technical art history of the paintings of Frank Bowling and chronicles materials and techniques used by the artist over the course of his career, from the 1950s onwards. It examines Bowling’s diverse painting processes and innovative application methods, and addresses the stability and longevity of his choice of materials.

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