ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE: THIS FRAGILE EARTH
In this series, Aaron Bowles urges viewers to consider the scope of existence, between today and tomorrow, this world and new ones, earth and sea. Inventing his imaginary scenes using myriad techniques such as rag stamping, printmakers’ brayers, or foam mono-printing, Bowles exuberantly paints expressionist, but thoroughly planned, rhythmic patterns and colorful vistas on hand-crafted 1.5″ wood panels. His paintings are controlled but bold, using light and shadow to move the eye, add mystery, and reveal “God in the work”, i.e., the element of chance. His recent art is highly textured with rich impasto, scraping, whiplash striations, and plenty of layering, creating both freedom and a challenge to continually invent new color combinations and vistas within this structure.
Aaron Bowles is an American contemporary artist from Richmond, Virginia. His painting includes the use of internal dreams, landscapes, contemporary events, mythologies, and widely disparate textures and surfaces with which to depict his visions. His landscape art includes paintings of the Virginia river region (the “Rivah”), the Shenandoah Valley, and coastal scenes. His forests, trees, fields and mountain scenes resonate with emotion while his sailing and sailboat paintings capture the wind and water, the excitement of the ocean and Chesapeake Bay.