During the second half of the 1950's, Joe Bowler was one of the best and most popular illustrators at the Charles E. Cooper Studio. Bowler did work for all the major magazines - and was especially well liked by the art directors of the women's mags for his beautiful paintings of romantic couples.
Here are three pieces by Bowler in chronological order, from 1957, 1960 and 1965. Bowler was still making regular appearances in magazines like Good Housekeeping well into the 60's... long after other Cooper artists like Jon Whitcomb and Coby Whitmore had disappeared from those pages.
So what's this tremendously accomplished artist been up to lately? A note arrived in my Joe Bowler Flickr set last week with some exciting news:
"You may be interested to know that Joe Bowler will be having a show celebrating 60 years of professionalism at The Red Piano Art Gallery www.redpianoartgallery.com, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, during December 2007. On display and for sale will be illustrations, his paintings of children, families, friends and pets, his classic nude figure paintings and portraits."
The note adds that you can preview the images that will be in the show at Joe Bowler's website. Well what are you waiting for? Go take a look!