the artist

Astrid Bowlby

Photo Credit: Joe Painter

Astrid Bowlby

Philadelphia, PA

Astrid Bowlby

An avid gardener and reader, Bowlby used many different resources to develop her imagery.  She drew from observation in her own garden as well as from collected and dried plant material.  She used contemporary research tools such as Pinterest to gather visual information on fabric and wallpaper design, garden design, and how other artists use floral motifs in their work.  She also referred to books on botany, plant identification, and botanical illustration.

Fast Facts

Name: Astrid M. Bowlby

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Place of Birth: Bath, Maine

2002 Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1996 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, MFA, sculpture
1994 University of Southern Main, Gorham, ME, BFA, sculpture and drawing
1986-88 Art Students League, New York, NY
1979-80 Parsons School of Design as a BFA candidate

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Duncan Hewitt

Major influences/admired artists:
Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Bourgeois

Favorite materials or media:
Black ink, paper, scissors, brushes, Rapidograph pens

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Faculty at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, PA
Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, MA

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