Audrey Frances Bowen

Poppies and Checks, 1973, Audrey Owen, acrylic collage, 86.5 cm  x 96 cm, 1973.01.01, gift of an anonymous Art Club member

Audrey Frances Bowen

Born: Vancouver, British Columbia, 14 April 1918

Nationality: Canadian

The work was included in a one-person show sponsored by the Alberta Government in 1973 which circulated in the Western Provinces. It was donated anonymously to the Permanent Collection by an art club member.

Audrey Bowen was born in Vancouver. She studied art there through short courses, but it was after coming to Penticton with her husband in 1950 that she began to pursue painting more seriously. She was extremely active in the Art Club and served as Show Committee chairman and voice promotion of civic art interest. She began painting in oils, but changed to acrylics after an Okanagan Summer School of the Arts course. Her work has been shown in group and juried shows throughout the valley, with one-man shows in Kelowna and Penticton. The one-man show sponsored by the Alberta Government Arts & Grafts Division was the result of an arts survey tour by Les Graff. The artist has spent extended time in Europe and Mexico and eastern Canada. her comment once about painting was, "Painting is ninety percent frustration and ten percent joy."