Mason County Landscape
Charles T. Bowling ( American, 1891 - 1985 )
Charles Bowling employs sharp realism and a subtle color palette of warm and cool shades to gloss this representation of a roughhewn Texas farmstead with a refined sense of the surreal. When combined with the tight structure of the composition and the absence of activity (real or implied), the vignette takes on the aspect of a setting that has been hermetically sealed in time and space. This overall characteristic has led to his rural landscapes being viewed as “regional still lifes.” Born in Quitman, Texas, Bowling came to Dallas in 1900 following the death of his father. First exposed to artistic practice through work as a sign painter and draftsman, he eventually studied, in turn, with Olin Travis, Frank Klepper, and Alexandre Hogue.
Sue Canterbury, DMA label text, 2013