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June 10. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in the United States.


Moved to Napa, California.


Attended Irene M. Snow elementary. Interest in art began. Lived at 500 Kent Street in Napa.

(Febuary 20, 1962 John Glenn orbits the earth.)

Summer 1962. Spent two months in Los Angeles for the fist time.


Attended Ridgeview Junior High School and Silverado Junior High School. Made a lot of art in his spare time. He also developed a strong interest in rock (Bob Dylan) and jazz music (Dave Brubeck).

(November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy assainated.)


Attended Napa Senior High School where he excelled in art. Decided as a junior in a humanities class to become a professional artist. Began life long friendship with high school art teacher, Freemond "Pete" Gadberry. Lived at 494 Franklin Street in Napa.


April 4. Martin Luther King assainated.

June 5. Robert Kennedy assasinated.


June 13. Graduated from Napa Senior High School.

Summer of 69. Attended many rock concerts at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Calif.

October 8. Enlisted in the United States Navy (Vietnam war).


January 1 - April 30. Attended Hospital Corpsman school at the Naval Station at Great Lakes, Illinois.

May 1. Transferred to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia where he worked as a Corpsman for two years. Important to note that while he lived and worked in Portsmouth he spent long hours on his own studying art in general and painting and drawing.


Transferred to Naval Hospital Taipei, Taiwan where he worked as a Hospital Corpsman. Attended University of Maryland classes in the evening. Studied art in his spare time, as well as studying Mandarin Chinese at a local Taipei Language Institute. This launced his life long interest in languages. Read a lot of Leo Tolstoy novels.


February 2. Honorable Discharged from U.S. Navy.

March. He enrolled in the Spring quarter at Napa College where he studied art and music. Received a lot of recognition for his painting and drawing skills.


March 19. Graduated from Napa College with an A.A. Degree in Art.

April 30. Vietnam war ended.

September. Began art studies at San Francicso State University under the instruction of Robert Bechtle and Richard McClean. The department focused on PhotoRealism.


January 13. Graduated from San Francisco State University with B.A. Degree in Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing.

(... while studying at SFSU continued studies in Mandarin Chinese. Broad music interests but especially Steely Dan.)

1979 - 1980

Remained living in San Francisco after graduating from SFSU making PhotoRealist paintings. Gradaully became less convinced of this approach to painting.

Made frequent visits to the Hansen-Fuller-Goldeen gallery at 228 Grant where he became intriqued with the work of Robert Arneson. Later he became friends with him after opening a studio in Benicia, Caliornia.

During this time Brice Bowman spent long hours painting and drawing. The end result moving from PhotoRealism to Abstract Expressionism.


September. Began graduate studies in art at Sacramento State University under the guidance of Oliver Jackson.


Spent a great deal of time painting late into the night.


December 23. Awarded an M.A. Degree in Painting.



January. Moved to Benicia, California and opened a studio at East H Street in an old steel mill. His first painting done here was "Imbibe".

Significant reading on Sigmend Freud, Carl Jung, and Abstract Expressionism.

Taught a painting course during the Winter quarter at Napa College. 

March. Accepted teaching job at Solano College where he taught painting and other art classes for 16 years.


Opened a studio in San Francisco on Bush street (around the cornor from 228 Grant).

Also opened a studio at 2571 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley where he shared the building with a painting friend Elmer Bischoff; both working long hours in the studio.

Work in more and more national exhibitions juried by such people as Henry Hopkins, the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern and Graham Beal, the painting curator for the SFMOMA.


Important well reviewed art show: Berkeley Art Center, Bay Area Modernism: Success or Failure 1986 which included Jay Defeo and Brice Bowman among a few others. From this show Brice and Jay become extremely good friends visiting each other regularly right up until Jay's untimely passing.

Work included in Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Texas Fine Arts Association, New American Talent, Austin, Texas, United States juried by SFMOMA director Henry Hopkins.


Altogether paintings were in seven shows this year two out of state nationally juried by Graham Beal and Henry Hopkins.

Also included in Jeremy Stone Gallery's Introductions 87, San Francisco, California, United States


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rental Gallery exhibition "New Works on Canvas", San Francisco, California, Unites States

During this time Brice Bowman was making frequent trips to Los Angeles to see art shows.


November 11. His very close friend Jay Defeo died.

This year marks a shift after a large number of important paintings done between 1984 and 1988 Brice Bowman began place a board behind his stretched canvases to enable him to sand down the surfaces of his paintings and draw on them with graphite sticks. 



Closed both studios in San Francisco and Berkeley and moved his studio back to Benicia working briefly out of his place at 1416 Military West but soon moved to 1894 Shirley Drive where he lived until moving his studio to Los Angeles in the late 90s.


March 2. His friend Elmer Bischoff died.

Work included in an exhibition in Buffalo, New York, United States.

1991 - 1992

Studied Architecture at Diablo Valley College and worked part-time as a draftsman in addition to teaching art at Solano College.

Drawings included in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery "Works on Paper" exhibition.



From his experiences in using ArchiCad to make architectural drawings he studied Photoshop to prepare to use this software to make digital art.


During this period Brice Bowman made several large paintings working on them for close to a years time on each one as he was contemplating spending time make videos.




Last painting from this era "Poetry Center" purchased by USL.

During this year important digital pieces done laying the ground work for future work.


June 8. Resigned from Solano College and by Summer's end moved to Los Angeles. Opened a studio at 120 S. Vignes Street in the arts district in downtown Los Angeles.

Digital art exhibited in Los Angeles.

Decided to also study filmmaking.


Brice Bowman moved to Pasadena, California and continued to study filmmaking. He was also exploring with Digital Art of which he made a lot of and exhibited it nationally and in Europe. This began his interest in visiting Europe and exhibiting his work there. He visited France and Italy in October of this year where he visited Paul Cezanne's studio in Aix for the first time. This visit influenced him profoundly.


Accepted teaching position at the Art Institute of Los Angeles where he taught Digital Art for the first time. In his spare time he made a lot of digital art and had by this time finished his first movie was titled "Transitional Constrution".


Studied huge number of pieces of computer software and began teaching it throughout the 2000s. Transitional Construction screened in Italy for Brice Bowman's first international exhibition.


Digital art exhibited in Spain and Italy.

All togehter seven exhibitions outside of the United States this year.

2002- 2003

Tranisitional Construction continues to be widely screened in Europeon cities with screenings in Rome,
Florence, Milan, Dublin, Ireland, Copenhagen, Denmark, St. Petersburg.

Finished his first two films: "Doll with hole" 8mm, and "An Answer to a Reply" a 16mm film made with a recent purcahse of a Arr16BL.

2004 - 2005

Made three 16mm films "Forced Development", 2004, "Continuance Which Causes", 2004, and "And Implications", 2005.


Spent this year preparing to make his important film "Adieu Le Belle".


Finished film "Adieu le Belle", 16mm about changing medias and about a life of an art work beyond the life of the artist.


Spent this year making "Images of the Sleeper", 16mm and moved from Los Feliz, California to South Pasadena, California.


Finished "Images of the Sleeper", a film that really in someways was an outgrowth of "Adieu le Belle", titled.


Retrospective of his films in Germany.

Made several long visits during this year to France including his first visit to Marseille, a city that would have great influence on him and where he would screen many of his films.


Long stays in France making a number of films

Many international screenings.

2016 - Present

Lives and works in Los Angeles on films and paintings.