Noah NJ Bowman | Contemporary Art


"It's times like these when we remember why we are here on earth" ~ Noah NJ Bowman



I had my first taste of the arts, studying detailed pencil portraiture. I found a real passion for painting in high school at the age of twelve. I spent four years at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC studying a painting as a visual, cultural and contemporary discourse and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2010. While studying the arts I adopted abstraction as an escapism from reality and representation in pictorial space as the obscure activates the subconscious mind. I began experimenting with paint’s formalism through the deconstruction of the canvas and deconstructing representational form to a definitive gesture.


The paintings I create are strong in gestural movement but relevant to contemporary discourses in that they are visceral and rhetorical by metaphors and symbols used to describe the conscious struggle to exist in a society of idealisms and unseen beauty or truth. The idea that in the gesture is an existence or resemblance of the figurative as a sensation to the viscera. It stems from Gilles Deleuze’s idea of the figurative as a metaphor to the movement and structural framework is powerful and as visceral as a brushstroke on the canvas. My work evolves around the blurring or fragment of the figurative form as these pictorial forms create metaphors, symbols and familiar representations from our consciousness.


The painting style I’ve developed has been referred to as fabstract (figurative-abstract). The all-over gestural and expressive brushstrokes allow for a sense of spontaneity and raw emotion to occur in fragmented moments throughout the canvas. The canvas is sectioned and learned through a post-cubism study where fields and layers of color blend the figure in pictorial space.


My painting concepts are relative to artworks of Francis Bacon, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse and the writings of Deleuze, Freud, Sarte, and Foucault. I paint primarily with acrylic paints because the layering process is quick and it allows the paint to dry quicker than an oil paint and therefore increases the depth sooner in the blending process.

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