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Milton Bowens, a Californian raised in Oakland. He is the fifth boy of ten children. He began his formal art training at the Renaissance Art School in Oakland, CA during his junior and senior high school years. On completion of High School, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts, but enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and became an Illustrator. He received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art under the Army’s College Education Assistance Program.

Bowen’s draws his inspiration from Duchamp’s found objects and is greatly affected by such greats as Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol; Bowens changed his focus from illustration to fine art. 

Bowens has been the subject of over twenty solo exhibitions since 1992, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Milton Bowens,  Duchamp, the Beauty of Chess

2009, mixed media on canvas w/blocks and rope attached, 50” x  51”,


January 9  -  February 7, 2010




Hanna Regev

& Steven Lopez

“When I was approached about being part of this wonderful project, I was elated.  Duchamp is widely quoted as one of the greats in Art History; what I did not realize at the time eye [sic] was introduced to him, was the social power His works held.

Using the technique of collage and readymade found objects to depict the ART, I am attempting to show the often misunderstood meaning of artistic beauty.

Eye [sic] wanted to bring to life the pure Dada elements that help make up the movements popularity.  In my depiction, I am not trying to analyze or over think Duchamp, but simply the opposite. In this work of art I am lifting him up, attempting to understand how one man’s view of the world can have a huge inspirational impact on how we all see ourselves”.         Milton Bowens

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