Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, California. Essentially a self-taught artist, he had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember. Always the school artist throughout his formative years, he launched himself into the world of freelance illustration in the late 1980s.
While Bowman has enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist, his chance meeting with two prominent California painters in 1998 changed his worldview of art and set him on a new journey into fine art painting. Since that time, Bowman has developed a unique style that continues to evolve, deriving inspiration from sources both contemporary and historic that reflect the high standard of art from a century ago.
Bowman has exhibited his paintings in some of the country’s most prestigious galleries and museums, including the Autry Museum of the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Kaiping Art Museum (China), the Academy Art Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Bowman has received numerous awards and recognitions. His paintings reside in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., England, Australia, China, Canada, and Mexico. Bowman has also been profiled in articles in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, International Artist, Pratique Des Arts (France), Fine Art Connoisseur, and PleinAir.
Bowman is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society.