”Paul Bowen, who grew up in a seaside town in Wales, lived and worked near the waterfront in
Provincetown on Cape Cod for 30 years. He has always been interested in material with a history—wood
he has scavenged that was once part of ships, houses, salt works, barrels, cable drums, or crates. He has
also worked with ships' flags, tar, canvas, rope and other marine detritus. His drawings and prints derive
their imagery from his environment and he has created his own inks from squid, Xerox toner and walnuts.
His small-scale sculptures, constructed from wood fragments, use limited means such as stacking, piling,
and simple carpentry and often appear to float across or torque away from the surface of the wall. He also
builds large-scale sculptures, primarily commissioned for private homes and museums, with massive timbers,
like those culled from old beer vats and other salvaged sources.
Since moving to Vermont with his wife in September 2005, many of his drawings merge images of covered
bridges with wharfs, reflecting his new environment as well as that of the Cape. His new sculptures
combine sea-worn wood he has gathered from Provincetown's beaches with wood from the Wilder Dam in
New Hampshire (sometimes chewed by beavers or stained with iron that has leached from surrounding
Bowen has been a recipient of fellowships from the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-
Krasner Foundation, and the Artist's Resource Trust. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth
College, and his work is represented by the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA, the Clark Gallery
in Lincoln, MA, Big Town Gallery in Rochester, VT and Garvey Rita Art & Antiques in West Hartford, CT.
His work is in many private and public collections.” - Paul Bowen, paulbowen.org