Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What's Joe Bowler Been Up To?

During the second half of the 1950's, Joe Bowler was one of the best and most popular illustrators at the Charles E. Cooper Studio. Bowler did work for all the major magazines - and was especially well liked by the art directors of the women's mags for his beautiful paintings of romantic couples.

Here are three pieces by Bowler in chronological order, from 1957, 1960 and 1965. Bowler was still making regular appearances in magazines like Good Housekeeping well into the 60's... long after other Cooper artists like Jon Whitcomb and Coby Whitmore had disappeared from those pages.

So what's this tremendously accomplished artist been up to lately? A note arrived in my Joe Bowler Flickr set last week with some exciting news:

"You may be interested to know that Joe Bowler will be having a show celebrating 60 years of professionalism at The Red Piano Art Gallery, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, during December 2007. On display and for sale will be illustrations, his paintings of children, families, friends and pets, his classic nude figure paintings and portraits."

The note adds that you can preview the images that will be in the show at Joe Bowler's website. Well what are you waiting for? Go take a look!


  1. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Joe Bowler's children and adolescents have so sure a touch that he bears comparison with Sargent -- and he lights his canvases better!
    Bob Bollini

  2. Well put, Bob - Sargent is an apt comparison. I was surprised at how painterly the pieces in this show are - that they were beautifully done was NOT surprising.

  3. I love the girl brushing her hair.
    On the surface it looks just plain
    ordinary, then when you realize how
    her hand, her fingers, the brush
    all seems to slide into their proper
    places so pleasantly, it is brilliant composition at work.

  4. I wish I could go to that show! I just looked at some of the work on his site, the studies are gorgeous!
    I agree with Bob Bollini about the comparison to Sargent.