Growing up in a holiday destination, small, seaside town it is not surprising that much of my work has referenced the sea, the beach and the littoral. In these paintings I find that the canvases echo the marks, lines and shapes that we made in the wet, grey sand of my home town beach: thus the canvas becomes the beach that acted as the canvas of my childhood.
Along with scratched childhood messages to the gods, our childhood castles in the sand were built to keep out the marauding tidal waters; today, I find within these works a questioning on the notion of place, identity and belonging.
Tearing up the Rule Book, a solo international exhibition at Westminster Reference Library London and Atelier Melusine France, was praised by critics and bloggers at its London showing in March 2019, Artlyst reviewed the show saying… ’there’s something very irresistible in Day Bowman’s abstract paintings… it has something to do with the tactility of their surfaces.’
Day’s work is held in numerous private and public collections worldwide including Hilton Hotel Group, British Dental Association, Dorset County Hospital, St. Vincent and Grenadines Govt. Art Collection, the Priseman Seabrook Collection and the Yantai Art Museum Collection China.