Margaret Bowland

Artist Statement

“I have long been fascinated at how much we must disguise ourselves to be attractive. Do we then have a clue as to what we really look like or who we really are? Painting on skin is by intent a metaphor to expose basic questions of self-identity, which all people undergo internally as a part of the maturation process. It is also reflective of the last 500 years of global cultures, who sought to cover their women in make-up, powders, paints, even mud. This painting on skin dates from ancient times to the fashion houses of Paris, New York, and Los Angeles and in my paintings the subjects triumph.”


Margaret Bowland was born in Burlington, North Carolina and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Chapel Hill and has been exhibiting since 1984. Exhibiting her work in New York, Miami, and Denmark. Bowland is currently a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the New York Academy of Art.

2020, 2018

Oil on Linen, 72" x 60"

White Crows, 2015

Oil on Canvas, 66" x 56"

White Fives, 2016

Oil on Linen, 84" x 70"

Twelve, 2017

Acrylic, Charcoal, Pastel on Paper on Canvas, 56" x 45"