GETTING TO KNOW MURRAY:
A Grimsby Talent Lives On
April 21 - June 10
Sunday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
An immensely talented artist and musician, Murray Bowman (1948 – 2016) was born and raised in Grimsby. After attending the Ontario College of Art, where his instructors included A.J. Casson and Carl Schaeffer, he spent 8 years as a blues/rock musician, before returning to Grimsby, visual art and a job as the first GPAG Curator under Director Bill Poole. By the late 1970’s his career as an artist was taking off; he had solo exhibitions in Grimsby and Hamilton; a two person show in Woodstock and plans for a second solo at GPAG.
Then, in 1983, the accident happened.
Bowman was struck down while walking his bike along a country road. He was alone and details are unclear. It is clear that he had suffered a traumatic head injury and spent the next 10 months in a coma. After the accident Bowman was not able to live independently again, but art, creativity and sharing his talents with others continued to guide his life.
This exhibition is an opportunity to bring together a comprehensive selection of Murray Bowman’s works. It is also an opportunity for the community that nurtured his youth and that benefited from his creativity to remember and celebrate his uniquely creative spirit – and for many of us, it is a chance to Get to Know Murray.