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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine, twisting abstract line art with large planes of colour, and volumes built up with heavy paint and gradient colours that create a sense of shadow and space. Some of Noah’s paintings hearken to the abstract works of Willem de Kooning, in their combination of short, frenetic strokes and larger, quieter patches of solid colour.


A screen capture of the front page of Noah NJ Bowman's art websiteThe front page of Noah's portfolio website

 

Noah’s works with wide, emotional gestures have also been combined with textiles to create wearable pieces. The artist’s silk organza scarves present a delicate aesthetic that belies the bombastic nature of most of his paintings – yet the artist still manages to offer a unique take on these fashion elements.


A pocket square printed with an abstract paintingSquare by Bowman, printed super organza


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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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