Mr. Bowling was among about a dozen artists proposed to fill one of two vacancies in the eighty-member academy, and is the first Black British artist elected a Royal Academician in the over two hundred year existence of that institution.
An abstract painter, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1962, and has since the mid 60s spent part of each year between London and New York where he's maintained studios.
Mr. Bowling's paintings have been and continue to be exhibited in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States and are included in important private and corporate collections worldwide, in addition to the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Tate Gallery in London.