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March 2011

Morris Whiteside Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC, Features Works by Joe Bowler

Morris Whiteside Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC, will open a one man show of works by Joe Bowler on Mar. 11, 2011.

Bowler has described himself as a “narrative painter of human form” and it is his understanding of the structure and language of the human body in concert with a natural setting that sets his work apart from other artists, especially the female nudes for which he has become so well known.

Bowler began his career as a professional artist at the age of 18. His mentors at Charles E. Cooper Studios included Coby Whitmore, Bernard D’Andrea and Joe DeMers and his first story illustration was published in Cosmopolitan in 1949.

The great museums of New York afforded the young artist opportunities to see original paintings by the great masters of art history. Bowler was particularly drawn to those who worked in the late nineteenth century. The draftsmanship, compositions and colors of Sargent, Sorolla and Zorn became his major influences and he began to work in oil, “the painters’ medium”.

It is noteworthy that in 1972, when Bowler left the field of illustration in New York and moved to Hilton Head Island, he effectively retired from the demands of art directors to pursue a passion for portraiture. It was a natural evolution because much of his work had been magazine cover illustrations for McCalls, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Collier’s, Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s Home Companion and Good Housekeeping as well as on Time covers from 1948 into the 1970s.

Elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1992, Bowler remains modest about his achievements. “All my life,” he said recently, “I’ve been trying to get it right. With each painting the journey becomes more exciting, the destination still a bit out of reach.” Collectors, however, find it difficult to imagine what could be out of the reach of Bowler’s considerable talent. His is a classical taste carefully expressed through a highly sophisticated grasp of light, color and composition.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/842-4433 or visit

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