Tony Bowen graduated in Fine Art in 1983. Following postgraduate study (art and design education) in 1985, he has divided his time between personal practice and art and design education (teaching, course design and curriculum leadership) chiefly in the post-compulsory sector.
Working with painting through the eighties and nineties, a developing interest in making photographs gradually emerged: initially informing and supporting work in other media, and subsequently as outcomes in their own right.
A preoccupation with found marks and their interpretation has spanned many years. Recent work focuses largely on observing and documenting surfaces in nature and in the urban environment, a rich and dynamic source of interest and surprise.
Two confluent fascinations continue to form essential and enduring elements in his work: firstly, atmospheric and formal considerations; secondly, the power of the trace, the fragment and the unresolved to provoke the imagination in unexpected ways. A hunter rather than a farmer (to use Jeff Wall's analogy) his work is made without any intervention on location, and with minimal post production.
His work has been shown around the UK and the USA (see CV).