Born in Guyana in 1936, Frank Bowling is widely considered one of the most distinguished black artists to emerge from post-war British art schools.
He belongs to the famous class of 1962 at the Royal College of Art, which included David Hockney, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, the generation who laid the foundation of Pop Art in Britain. At graduation, Hockney won the gold medal while Bowling won the silver.
A transfer of residence to New York a few years after graduation exposed Bowling to his American contemporaries and won him a place in the 1971 Whitney Biennial. Since that time Bowling has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and his work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions.