Joseph Powers Bowman

Joseph Powers Bowman is an illustrator currently working out of Los Angeles, California. Joseph Bowman (1752-1779) was an officer in the American Revolutionary War who served in the Illinois campaign. Maj. Bowman participated in the 1778 capture of Fort de Chartres, and remained there for some time as the commander of the newly renamed Fort Bowman. While attending a victory celebration, Maj. Bowman was injured by an accidental gunpowder explosion and later succumbed to his injuries, becoming the only American officer to die in the Illinois campaign.

Joseph begins his work with a large and growing pool of black and white freehand illustrations. He photocopies the images needed for any given piece onto art paper, and cuts them out in as much detail as possible and in such a way as to minimize visible seams. He then collages these cutouts together to create large format, richly detailed cities and landscapes ranging in size from 4″x6″ to 3’x5′, of which he has completed about thirty so far.

Joseph Bowman has gained a fair amount of experience showing his work, having participated in a group show at the now-defunct Echo Curio and with several various warehouse art cooperatives in Los Angeles; the response he has thus far received has been overwhelmingly positive and he is interested to see how it will play with a wider audience.

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