Eric Bowman was born in Pasadena and grew up in Orange County, California. Essentially a self-taught artist, he had a knack for drawing as far back as he can remember. Always the school artist throughout his formative years, he launched into the world of freelance illustration in the 1980s.
While enjoying a successful career as a commercial artist, it was a chance meeting with two prominent California painters in 1998 that changed Bowman’s world view of art and set him on a new journey into fine art painting. Since that time, he has developed a unique style that continues to evolve, deriving inspiration from sources both contemporary and historic that reflect the high standard of art from a century ago.
Bowman has exhibited in some of the country's most prestigious galleries and museums, including the Academy Art Museum, the Autry Museum of the American West, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Kaiping Art Museum (China), the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Bowman’s paintings reside in private and corporate collections throughout the United States as well as Australia, Canada, China, England, and Mexico. He has also been profiled in feature articles in such publications as Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, PleinAir, Pratique Des Arts (France), Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.
Bowman is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and a past Signature Member of both the American Impressionist Society and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He resides with his wife and daughter in northwest Oregon.
Eric Bowman is represented by Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming; Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; and Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California.