Marcus Bowcott lives in North Vancouver, BC. His work is inspired by the friends and family who are closest to him and by the landscapes of the West Coast and Canadian Arctic, places in which he has lived and worked. His practice often raises questions about the natural environment in relation to human activity and culture.
He studied Drawing, Painting, and Media at the Ontario College of Art in the late 1970’s. He later enrolled at the Royal College of Art, graduating with a MA from the RCA School of Painting in 1984. At the time he was primarily concerned with formal aspects of figuration and landscape painting. Over the years the subjects of his paintings have shifted from representations of water surfaces and swimmers to paintings of industry, mechanized recreation and the effects of industry on surrounding landscapes.
Marcus taught Drawing, Painting, and Colour in Vancouver area Colleges and Universities over a period of 35 years. He encouraged students to question historical and contemporary methods of representation in relation to personal thoughts and feelings. He also encouraged students to consider how our senses relating to balance, proprioception, and vision underpin widely accepted conventions and concepts of layout, design, composition, and colour.
Black Sea 2017
Oil on canvas 72″ x 48″
Low Tide 2020
Oil on canvas 36″ x 72″ triptych
Oil on canvas 20″ x 72″ triptych
Oil on panel 48″ x 64″
RG&B Anchorage 2017
Oil on canvas 30″ x 30″
Eve’s Ride 2020
Ceramics 14″ x 10″ x 6″