Ken Bowman was born in Denver, Colorado in 1937 and educated at the University of Colorado and the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA 1963. One of his works was included in the “100 Years, 100 Artists” exhibition at the Art Institute. His art was shown in New York City and is in several museum collections. He is one of the original founding artists of the “Rhino Horn” group, artists who exhibited at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1970.
As part of Rhino Horn, Ken Bowman was one of several figurative artists who exhibited together between 1967 and 1978 and then again in 1994. These significant exhibitions generally included a core group of Rhino Horn members, as well as “guest exhibitors,” who were invited to show their work by Rhino Horn artists. They chose the “Rhino Horn” name to signify the strength and virility of their work.
These significant American artists have persevered through all phases of the last four decades. The importance of this group in art history must be permanently recorded as they and their “Friends” have continued the figurative strain of German Expressionism in the United States. This segment of American paintings and sculptures retains its originality in the face of conformity and has masterfully recorded the angst, violence and happenings of these most turbulent times. (excerpted from the Figurative Expressionism website) www.figurativeexpressionism.com
Additional information about the Rhino Horn artists can also be found through this link to Berkshire Fine Arts.
Ken Bowman’s museum collections include: University of California Art Museum, Berkley, California and the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado. Private collections include Beatrice Foods, Exeter Petroleum and the Janus Foundation.
The Rhino Horn Group
“Our art is involved with life; it is concerned with humanity, with emotion. We will not listen to explanations from or about the technically minded artist of yesterday. Just as abstract expressionism – the art of the fifties – was superseded by pop, op, hard edge, minimal and color field the art of the sixties – so now a new art, a humanistic art, will characterize the seventies.” From the Rhino Horn manifesto.