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PHIL BOWER

The End of the Day



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EXHIBITION: Phil Bower - The End of The Day

DATES: May 20 - June 17, 2000
RECEPTION: Saturday, May 20, 5 -7 p.m.

LOCATION: Ruth Bachofner Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave. G2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.829.3300, fax 310.449.0070
E-Mail: la.art@gte.net
Web site, http://www.bachofner.com/gallery
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present The End of The Day, an exhibition of paintings by Phil Bower. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, May 20, 5 - 7 p.m.

In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Phil Bower presents a series of intimately scaled portraits of uniformed soldiers, military nurses, sports figures and astronauts based on photographs from the nineteen hundreds. The artist subtly infuses into the decidedly historical portraits his own contemporary aesthetic of “glamor, color, violence and humor” and gives physical evidence of what may have merited their heroic status such as a small scar, grimaced face or tattoo.

“I have always been obsessed by the power of the Romantic hero,” Bower says, “Rather than creating images from posed models or pop icons that have directly inspired me, I chose to base these paintings on historical photographs...[which] present me with a detached subject matter that allows me to remain objective and not be heavy handed or overly narrative...I have rendered these heroes as though they have survived something awesome and have emerged alive but changed. Maybe they never came to terms with what they had seen or done - much like myself.”

Bower presents this body of work in two styles, both of which anchor on his unique color palette to create the often weathered but strong figures. Some of the heroes are portrayed in softly modulated, muted tones while others are composed with loose brush strokes in a range of strong colors. Bower insightfully balances the personal and institutional quality of the portraits, offering open-ended narratives that continually provoke without providing easy conclusions.

For further information please call 310-829-3300, fax 310-449-0070 or visit our web site at www.bachofner.com/gallery



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