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David Michael Bowers

United States

Born in 1956

Joined Artisor: March 2024

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Total pieces for sale: 1


David Bowers, born 1956 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from art

school in Pittsburgh 1979. He began working as a staff artist at various studios in the

Pittsburgh, PA area. Two years later, David began teaching his craft at the Art

Institute of Pittsburgh where he lectured for ten years and was honored as the Keynote

Speaker for the Class of 2003.

In 1991, David began his illustration career working mostly with book publishers in

New York City in which he completed over one hundred book covers in the span of over

ten years. Also, David’s work graced the cover of numerous prominent magazines,

including TIME. He also painted the portrait of J. P. Morgan for the cover of Cigar

Aficionado , as well as the family portrait of the Rothschild family and the Chateau

Latour Winery for the covers of Wine Spectator magazines. These paintings are now

part of the publishing company’s permanent collection at their corporate headquarters

in NYC.

Bowers’ illustrations received numerous awards including three Joseph Morgan

Henniger Awards, “Best of Show” from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles along

with two Patrick Nagel awards. These awards recognized David with the best,

published illustration of the year. Also, David received nine other medals recognizing

his work from that organization. David also received numerous medals and Merit

awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York, Spectrum’s Best of Fantastic Art

and Communications Arts Magazine.

As David transitioned into Fine Art, his work continues to be recognized by various

organizations including the “Best of Show” from the American Society of Traditional

Artists and the International Guild of Realism in 2014, the “Jack Buncher Award” from

the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2013, the “Best of Show” in 2011, “The Best Tromp

L’oeil” in 2010 and “Pioneer in Realism” award in 2009 from the International Guild of

Realism. David was recognized by The Art Renewal Center with the “Chairman’s

Choice Award” in 2013 along with the “Staff Award” in 2011 and in 2009 recognized as

a “Living Master.” David’s painting titled, “Made In America” received the 1st place

award from The Portrait Society of America in 2011 and his painting titled Find the

Gold in 2014. Bowers was a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait

Competition in 2009, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Bowers has had exhibitions across America and Europe, including the Mendenhall

Gallery in Pasadena, CA, Gallerie 224 in Laguna Beach, CA, Klaudia Marr Gallery inSanta Fe, New Mexico, 101 Exhibit in Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA. Gallery Brusen

in Denmark, Halcyon Gallery in London, England, Marcel Salome Gallery in The

Netherlands and Germany, the Butler Institute of American Art, The Westmoreland

Museum of American Art and is currently being represented by Palm Avenue Fine Art in

Sarasota, FL and Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, OK.

Upon first glance, Bowers’ works seems to take you back to periods of painting long

gone. This is due to Bowers method of painting, which is reminiscent of the Old

Masters, specifically the 17th Century Dutch. David has studied the masters for many

years to develop his techniques, which involves multiple layers of paint and alla prima.

The technique might be old, but his paintings incorporate modern themes and current

symbolism, which he describes as “realism with an edge.”

Bowers’ paintings are in many private collections throughout the United States and

Europe as well as The Museum of American Illustration in New York and the National

Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

Bowers lives in Madeira beach, FL with his wife Kimberlie, where he paints very

meticulously and methodically day in and day out!

Bio Author: I.G.O.R. Show in Scottsdale

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