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Wide, Emotional Gestures: Painting by Noah NJ Bowman

An abstract diptych paintingSeduction (diptych), acrylic on canvas

Painter Noah NJ Bowman focuses on wide, emotional gestures in his work, rather than tight figuration. The artist tends to focus on abstraction featuring hugely confident brush marks and saturated colors.

An abstract painting made in blue and white

That Je Ne Sais Quoi, acrylic on canvas


I enjoy the style of abstraction that Noah subscribes to. While it’s difficult to pick out any recognizable figures in the works, there are definite suggestions of form that are ripe for interpretation. Noah notes that he’s been inspired by the likes of Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning and Henri Matisse. Looking at Noah’s works I can see definite parallels to these artists and the movements of cubism and expressionism in general.


The front page of Noah N J Bowman's art websiteThe front page of Noah's website


Recently Noah has branched out into fashion, in a collaboration with the Japanese fabric Amaike Super Organza. This light, translucent fabric seems to be the ideal vehicle for Noah’s designs, as the intensity of the artist’s marks is tones down to a subdued beauty with a more ethereal presence. 


A scarf with an abstract paint design on itScarf, Bowman Collection by Amaike Super Organza, fabric made in Japan

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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