Motel Still   Flight Still
Still from video titled MOTEL, 2017, 8mm, 04 mins. 45 secs.   Still from video titled FLIGHT, 2018, 16mm, 11 mins. 12 secs.




Brice Bowman born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 10, 1951. His very early years were difficult ones travelling back and forth between Independence, Missouri and Sugar Hill, Georgia. He moved to Napa, California at the age of seven; a move he was happy about.  Art was not just about skill; it was a way of thinking and he drew all of the time as well as being an avid reader. His favorite topic was biography.  Once he got into junior high school as he began to paint a lot and hung out in art stores reading the "How To" books on the shelf while in the store. He would memorize the information and return home to try out his new information. This continued into high school and during one day in a humanties class in the eleventh grade he decided to spend his life as an artist. He earned a B.A. degree at San Francisco State, and a M.A. at Sacramento State in Painting and Drawing. Not long after graduate school his work started being included in many San Francisco bay area and national art shows, juried in by such people as Henry Hopkins the director at that time of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as Graham Beal the painting curator for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of his favorite bay area exhibitios was in 1986 when his work was paired up with the legendary painter Jay Defeo in a show at the Berkeley Art Center titled "Bay Area Modernism, Success or Failure". This show was broadly covered, and Brice Bowman's work received strong reviews from such bay area critics as Charles Shere from the Oakland Tribune comparing Brice Bowman to Jackson Pollock.

 

About 1988 Brice Bowman began making frequent trips to Los Angeles where he developed want to make videos. He became interested in the flow of dots of colors and values flowing around on the screen. He had acquired a Mac IIci computer and used Photoshop 2.5 to make digital art of which he was immediately had success exhibiting it.  From a teaching job at the Electronics Art Academy in Los Angeles he had access to an early verions of Premiere which lead to his first video which he titled "Transitional Construction", a pun on his efforts to transition from using paint to make art on a stationary surface to an approach consisting of constructing art with moving images on a timeline.  In late late 1999 he submitted Transitional Construction to a curator in Italy and as a result Transitional Construction was exhibited in Europe giving him his first opportunity to exhibit his work outside of the United States. As the 20th century clicked over to the 21st century after a considerable amount of reading on filmmaking Brice Bowman began making movies using 16mm and 8mm cameras. His early films are Doll with Hole (2003), Answer to a Reply (2003), Forced Development (2004), Continuance Which Causes (2004), And Implications (2005), and Adieu le Belle (2007). Since turning from painting to filmmaker Brice Bowman's films have been screened in Europe, South America, Asia an the United States. After his film Adieu le Belle a very symbolic title he began to look to France which lead to him spending long periods of time in France where he made nine films during his long stays there. Today Brice Bowman lives and works in Los Angeles and has made 43 films.