Living and working in San Francisco, Robert Bowen has been exhibiting his artwork throughout the US for over fifteen years. With his origins in the world of graffiti and street art, Bowen is fascinated with juxtaposition, as seen through his current explorations of animal-machine hybrids, saying:
“THERE ARE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS I HAVE ABOUT THEM. IS THIS A NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE REALITY? A TERRIBLE ROAD WE SHOULD NEVER GO DOWN? HOW DO I MAKE THE KILLER WHALE A MORE EFFICIENT KILLER? CAN THE MARLIN AND SHARK BE EVEN FASTER HUNTERS, MORE DANGEROUS TO THEIR ONLY PREDATORS, MAN? IF THE BEES CONTINUE TO DISAPPEAR, SHOULD WE DESIGN A REPLACEMENT TO PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF? OR DO WE ACCEPT OUR FATE AND STOP TOYING WITH MOTHER NATURE SINCE THAT IS WHAT GOT US INTO TROUBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE?”
Comfortable in contradiction, Bowen’s paintings possess a charm and sarcasm all their own.