Rowell Bowles (1917 - 2012)
O.C.

 

Rowell Bowles, Untitled III

UNTITLED III (1979)
watercolour
15 x 20 in.
framed
SOLD

 

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Rowell Bowles, Untitled I

GRAND MANAN I (1969)
watercolour
22.5 x 30.5 in.
framed

 

Rowell Bowles, Untitled IV

UNTITLED IV (1980)
watercolour
15 x 20 in.
framed
SOLD



Rowell Bowles was born in Chengdu, China, where he lived until his family returned to Canada during the missionary exodus of 1926. He began his studies at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and went on to attend Johns Hopkins University .

For more than fifty years Bowles was a spirited voice at the United Nations, holding various senior positions, including worldwide director of program policy for Unicef. He authored The Diplomacy of Hope, a critical history of the United Nations, and was a recipient of the Order of Canada .

A true renaissance man, Bowles augmented a rich professional career with an artistic one. As a painter, he received encouragement from the leader of the mid-century Montreal avant-garde, Paul-Émile Borduas, as well as Group of Seven member Arthur Lismer. His work was been exhibited at dozens of galleries, including Gallery 78 (Fredericton), the Dorothy Cameron Gallery (Toronto), Galerie Agnés Lefort (Montreal), the Pleiades Gallery (New York), and the O.K. Harris (New York, 2006). Major collections with his work include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Carter Presidential Center and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

Rowell Bowles divided his time between Manhattan and Grand Manan. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 95.