Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Print - Mother Approaching Sixty
  • Mother Approaching Sixty
    Bowling, Frank, born 1936
  • Enlarge image

Mother Approaching Sixty

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bowling, Frank, born 1936 (artist)
    Hemminghaus, Randy (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photo-etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 8

Frank Bowling came to Britain from Guyana in his mid-teens. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London but, after numerous rejections by the art establishment, he moved to New York. There, influenced by friends such as the painter Larry Rivers and the critic Clement Greenberg, he gave up his figurative style and began to work in the idiom of Abstract Expressionism. Bowling has worked almost exclusively with oil or acrylic on canvas since this time, and this print can therefore be seen as an interesting departure in his work.

Although Bowling was sent away to Britain to finish his schooling, his mother remained an enduring influence in his life and work. This portrait seems simultaneously to show an individual. and to speak of the strong matriarchal figure that is virtually a stereotype in Afro-Caribbean society.

The print was made as a fund-raiser for Aljira, a centre for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey, which staged a retrospective of Bowling’s work in 2003.

Physical description

Image of face of a black woman over which, has been drawn a red circle about the same diameter as the face, the shoulder area merging into a greenish yellow abstract texture. The paper is a fawn colour.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


2003 (made)


Bowling, Frank, born 1936 (artist)
Hemminghaus, Randy (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Photo-etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Frank Bowling 03. / 1/40. / GP'
Signature and date; edition number; chop mark


Height: 66.2 cm plate, Width: 55.8 cm plate

Descriptive line

Mother Approaching Sixty (2003) by Frank Bowling. Etching and aquatint.

Production Note

This print was made as a benefit print for Aljira, a centre for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, which staged a retrospective of Bowling's work in 2003.

Attribution note: The print was produced as a fund raiser for Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, who staged an exhibition of Bowling's paintings in 2003
Reason For Production: Retail


Colour printing ink



Subjects depicted



Portraits; Prints; Black History

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.