Marcus Bowcott lives and works in Vancouver BC as a painter and a sculptor. His paintings often explore relationships between natural and industrial landscapes. His recent sculptural works question the impact of consumption and mass transportation on our society and ecology. Bowcott has received many grants and awards including those from The Canada Council, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and The British Columbia Arts Council. His works are part of corporate collections and public collections, including The Canada Council Art Bank, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and The Vancouver Art Gallery.
“I was born in the city of Vancouver, Canada. My family kept moving to the fringes of suburbia and I experienced the intersections of urban and rural life throughout my adolescence. I returned to the city as a young man. My early working life was spent in heavy industry, especially on boats. I worked as a deckhand and longshoreman. The labour was intense, but the money and the time off where instrumental in helping me develop my painting. I moved to London in order to study at the Royal College of Art and completed my M.A. in the RCA School of Painting in 1984. Later, in my 30’s I transitioned to teaching painting and drawing. I became an instructor at several Vancouver colleges and art schools, including: Emily Carr, Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen College and Capilano University.
I draw inspiration and support from my family and friends. In the last few years I have made a full time commitment to my art, especially with the Vancouver Biennale installation of Trans Am Totem.” – Marcus Bowcott.
Photo Credits: Wayne Worden, Ivan Calderon, Vancouver is Awesome