Contemporary Landscape Artist Mark Bowles was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. Mark’s passion for interpreting what he saw brought him to his studies at the College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland California. There he completed his studies with honors with a limited stay at Institudio Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is this dedication and passion for his art that has allowed his work to grow and move forward and stay fresh.
While Mark has remained dedicated in his professional career for 40 years, whether he is working with still life, the human figure, or landscape, he is always fascinated by texture, form, and color. He does not limit himself to what he paints or how he might interpret what he sees. This freedom allows his work to move from representational to minimalist to abstraction.
He paints with an intent to address the canvas directly, honestly and boldly. As his heart is always pushing his work to find new language in expressing what he sees and how he feels about it, the result is not just an intellectual exercise but is being involved in the “Now” – always open for change and challenge – and always evolving.
By exploring color, composition, the quality and attitude of a line, Mark’s goal is to draw his viewer into his space and let them become involved in their own personal journey and discovery of his work.
Among the many solo gallery and museum exhibitions, Mark’s works are represented in galleries in Houston, Chicago, Palm Desert, San Francisco Tucson, Park City, and Santa Fe.
His work is included in many private corporate and public collections and has also been acquired for the permanent collections of many museums including the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Phoenix Art Museum, Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, Denver Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson.
Mark currently has homes and studios in Orangevale and La Quinta, California.