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Growing up in a holiday destination, seaside town it is not surprising that much of Day’s work has referenced the sea, the beach and littoral. In this new series of paintings the canvases echo the marks, lines and shapes that were made in the wet, grey sand of her home town beach: thus the canvas becomes the beach that acted as the canvas of her child-hood.

Moving freely from one work to another there is a sense of play and random mark-making and through her use of colour, of scribbled lines and drip marks ‘I have’, she says, ‘attempted to capture the tides and the occasional gleam of sunshine’.

Along with scratched childhood messages to the gods, her childhood castles in the sand were built to keep out the marauding tidal waters; today she believes these images represent something more sinister referencing an incoming tide of bigotry and intolerance.  And whilst these are not overtly political works she finds within them a questioning on the notion of place, identity and belonging.

In 2012 Day was commissioned to produce a series of giant hoardings for Weymouth Railway Station, host town to the Olympic Sailing and Paralympic Sailing Events.  In 2013 she was one of four artists to represent the U.K. at Nord Art Germany and in 2017/18 her work toured to four museum galleries in China organised by Contemporary British Painting.  More recently Bowman has curated a UK wide tour of Edgelands 2016/17 and Getting Away! 2018 exhibited at Arthouse1 Bermondsey and Quay Arts IOW.

In 2019 she won First Prize in the Anima Mundi Painting Prize established by the Its Liquid Group where her work was on exhibition in the 2019 Venice Biennale; First Prize in the Bath Arts Open and First Prize in the inaugural Wales Contemporary. 

Day's solo exhibition Tearing up the Rule Book premiered at The Westminster Reference Library in March 2019 and then toured to Galerie Atelier Melusine France during September and October 2019.  A conversation between the artist and fellow painter John Stephens was reviewed by Artlyst in October 2019.  https://www.artlyst.com/reviews/tearing-rule-book-paintings-day-bowman-atelier-melusine/   

Her work is in numerous private and public collections worldwide including: Hilton Hotel Group, British Dental Association; Dorset County Hospital; St. Vincent and the Grenadines Art Collection; Yantai Art Museum China and the Priseman Seabrook Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

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