Magazine article Southwest Art

Eric Bowman: Maxwell Alexander Gallery, August 19-September 16

Magazine article Southwest Art

Eric Bowman: Maxwell Alexander Gallery, August 19-September 16

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FOR ARTIST Eric Bowman, The End of the Trail is more than just the title of his new solo show. While several of his paintings depict cowboys riding horses on a trail, there's more to it than that. Bowman lives near the end of the crosscountry Oregon Trail, and he is inspired by the famous sculpture END OF THE TRAIL by James Earle Fraser, depicting a Native American slumped over a horse coming to an abrupt stop. "It's a wellknown western saying, has historical significance, and pairs well with all the subjects I've painted," Bowman says. The End of the Trail opens at Maxwell Alexander Gallery with an artist's reception on Saturday, August 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and runs through September 16.

Gallery director Beau Alexander is exhibiting Bowman's work to bring a new perspective to the western genre. "The addition of the figurative narrative adds a whole new dimension to his work," Alexander says. "We are now able to place ourselves in the painting and create our own stories." Bowman's works tend to position the figures, which are mainly Mexican cowboys or caballeros, so that they are looking at the viewer, which creates a specific emotional experience when looking at the painting. "It's almost as if we are in that scene, needing to figure out our next move," Alexander says.

Bowman, who is bringing 13 new works to display, says that growing up in Southern California helped ignite his appetite for the Mexican culture. "Mexican cowboys and banditos are fun to paint because they're not your average cowboys," Bowman says. "They have bigger hats, more colorful clothing, and they're more exotic. …

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