Siân Bowen

Currently based in rural Northumberland, Siân Bowen was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship to Kyoto University of Arts, Japan in 1985. Her interest in traditional methods and materials and how they can be applied in new ways to modes of contemporary drawing, stems from this period. Following three and a half years spent in Kyoto, she returned to the UK where she has contributed to the current debate on the resurgence of drawing as a primary medium in fine art practice. Over the last ten years she has created works in response to a number of museum collections, most recently as Guest Artist in Drawing, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2010-12). From 2006-8, she was Resident Artist in Drawing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held throughout the UK and at a wide range of venues internationally, including the British Council Gallery, Madras, India; North Gallery, Kyoto Art Centre, Japan; the V&A, London; the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam . Her work has been selected on several occasions for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (Prize Winner, 2002) and has been acquired for major public collections including the British Museum and the V&A.

Siân  Bowen - SILENT FREEZE/MIRRORED: 1

SILENT FREEZE/MIRRORED: 1
2009 - 11
Still from section 3, video, 15 min
Edition of 5

 

Siân  Bowen - DESCRIPTIONS TRUE AND PERFECT

DESCRIPTIONS TRUE AND PERFECT
2010-2011
5 Sets of 5 unique books incorporating embossing, letterpress, pinpricks, mica, palladium, white gold and watermarks on bespoke hemp paper with semi-limp vellum binding
25,5 x 17 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - REFUGE/SITE

REFUGE/SITE
Led light, watermarks in bespoke hemp paper
Series of 5
Each 70 x 50 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - SILENT FREEZE/ MIRRORED II

SILENT FREEZE/ MIRRORED II
Pinpricks on bespoke hemp paper with watermarks
Each 70 x 50 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - SILENT FREEZE/ MIRRORED: II

SILENT FREEZE/ MIRRORED: II
2010-2011
Tarnished silver dust on bespoke hemp paper with watermarks
From a series of 30
Each 70 x 50 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - Unbound sheets from the DESCRIPTIONS TRUE AND PERFECT

Unbound sheets from the DESCRIPTIONS TRUE AND PERFECT
Relic 1
Mica and palladium on hemp paper
Relic 2
Mica and palladium on hemp paper
Relic 3
Mica and palladium on hemp paper
Relic 4
Mica and palladium on hemp paper
Relic 5
Mica and palladium on hemp paper
Site
Pinpricks and palladium on bespoke hemp paper
Relic
watermarks in bespoke hemp paper
Journal
Embossing on bespoke hemp paper
Each 25.5 x 17 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - Gaze: No.9

Gaze: No.9
2006
Laser cut on persimmon-coated and smoked paper
63 x 46 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - Gaze: No.1

Gaze: No.1
2006
Palladium, pinpricks and silver on nine-times-dyed indigo paper
66 x 48.5 cm

 

Siân  Bowen - Gaze: No.5

Gaze: No.5
2006
Laser cut on pigment-covered paper
62 x 49 cm