"I want to peel away the false layers one builds up over time to shield themselves from the world and show how similar we all are to one another."
The deeper I go into my paintings, the more I begin to realize how alike we all are. We lose track of what is "Real" around us. I hope to remove this fictitious veil that clouds and distorts our vision and show the true relationship of humanity through paint.
I have always been searching for some kind of connection to people and my surrounding environment. I do portraiture because it helps me understand where I fit in and realize we all have experienced the same ups and downs. We are all together. We are all the same. This is what I want my community to experience through my work. There is a connection we all share and by understanding our differences brings us closer to our similarities.
Bowen Kline is a Southfield native with a national reputation as one of the country's finest artists. He is self-taught, and his works are held in private collections nationwide.
Today, Kline makes his home in Romeo, Michigan and is especially known for his expressive portraits and nudes. Kline's extraordinary works reveal his own heart and speak to a different cultures and identities. His paintings show isolation and loneliness, but also hope and wonder. Kline creates art that is fresh, daring, unforgettable. "I've spent the better part of my life in a small room with a lamp with no shade, trying to figure out who I am," he said. "I've never been called ‘the great communicator.' My voice is heard through my paintings. My work is an extension of myself, what I see and experience."
2016 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 2016 “Jive Detroit”: Galerie Camille,Detroit, MI 2015 The Charles H. Wright Museuem, Detroit
2015 Group Exhibition at the Kresge Foundation
2015 "Exploring the Figure", The Janice Charach Gallery, Detroit
2015 Featured Artist "Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series" Wright Museum, Detroit
2014 "The Last Kaddish", Holocaust Memorial Museum
2014 Featured Artist at the Washington Art Guild
2014 Featured Artist at the Birmingham League of Women Painters
2013 Featured Artist ADL Art Works, Michigan
2013 Featured Artist ADL Artworks, Chicago
2013 Solo exhibition at The Janice Charach Gallery
2012 Featured Artist at Evolve The Gallery
2011 Featured Artist at Michigan Annual Exhibit
Big Ten Conference Headquarters, Illinois
The Kresge Foundation Headquarters, Michigan