Garth Bowden grew up in London where he studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art.
He has always been an artist like his great great grand-father Flemish painter Theo Van Rysselberghe and his great grand-father, French author André Gide. Garth has a multi-disciplinary practice between painting, photography, sculpture and design, all mediums he uses to share his personal reflections about the world.
Garth has long been interested in the confluence between art and pop culture, and the contrast between the rarefied production of art objects compared to the mass production of toys and consumer products.
He uses familiar iconography in his work precisely because of its universality. Love or hate Disney, you cannot escape it: its symbols are ubiquitous and its lexicon known to everyone.
Drawing from the vitality and power of tribal art and the banal objects of pop culture, the artist seeks to compress these apparently opposing elements into works of meaning and humour.
The profound loses depth without the banal. The banal gains meaning in relation to the sublime. By colliding elements from these disparate worlds, the artist invites us to question our perceived values and prejudices.