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Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue

Artist
Frank Bowling, British (born Guyana), born 1936
Date
1992
Material
Acrylic on canvas
Made in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 234
Dimensions
39 1/2 × 40 in. (100.3 × 101.6 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Frank Bowling
Object Number
187:2017
NOTES
The title of this painting evokes a sense of childlike wonder. Frank Bowling referenced the deep indigo color of the star apple, a fruit native to the Caribbean region and his childhood in Guyana. The artist works the surfaces of his paintings with clear acrylic gel using a spatula and a palette knife, often mixing pearlescent and metallic pigments into the paint. After Bowling graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, he began to work with acrylic paint, which was introduced to the commercial market in the 1960s.
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