Archive | Michael Bowen

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Beyond Beat: The late artist Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen, who died March 7, 2009 in Sweden at the age of 71, was a seminal Beat figure who inspired the famous “Turn On, Tune in and Drop Out” dictum of the “Human Be-In” in San Francisco in 1967. By Marlena Donohue (Marlena Donohue is Associate Professor of Art History and Critical Theory at […]

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Be-In permit story

We knew we had to have a permit for the Human Be-In and that was our greatest worry between Allen Cohen and myself. Sure, we could create this gathering of the tribes but how could we get the permission of the city? So Allen decided that he would go down to city hall and present […]

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Beast upon the Sea Michael Bowen etching

Bowen mystic etchings

Asked the Seeker: Oh Master, tell me of the way to bliss. The Master said: Beloved Seeker, child of karma, you are alike unto a beast upon the sea. Formed by your tears is the ocean upon which you pass alone from point to point. The doorway to the land of Oneness, the heart, seems […]

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Michael F. Bowen biography

Michael F. Bowen by Marlena Donohue In the history of arts, letters, culture (and anti culture) there are always individuals who—through some serendipitous combination of vision, charisma, timing, sheer focus of intent– take their place not so much as textbook names on the tips of our tongues, but rather as important pollinators; keepers of the […]

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The Honorable ONE

The Honorable ONE Poetry by Ramanatha War is fought, hypocrisy, greed and vanity, Upholding the Bill of Rights, for all to see, Sleighing the dragon of ego, you fought and won, Glories to you, the Honorable ONE * Playing your tune of LOVE they came, Rejecting the establishment, oh so lame, To the call of […]

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The Tuscan Cross
Oil Painting and mixed media by Michael Bowen

The Tuscan Cross

Writing by Michael Bowen Warhol “electric chair” The cross is an assemblage painting made in the Villa above Florence. The Tuscan hills are filled with churches and the churches are filled with crosses. All the crosses have a dead body hanging on them. For me it is one of the weirdest symbols ever invented by […]

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LOVE Portrait

LOVE Portrait

1966 Oil Painting by Michael Bowen A short history of the San Francisco Love Generation By R.W. Bruch This seminal prophetic painting of Michael Bowen is one of the most influential works of art produced by this prolific artist during his short period spent in the turbulent mid 60’s Haight-Ashbury community of San Francisco. Collected […]

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Buddha-Nature art series part 1

This Bowen art series is based on an exhibition in October 2009 in Stockholm Sweden. The Bowen exhibition was the first showing of his artwork since his passing away in early March of the same year. Bowen’s good Swedish friend and Tibetan monk, Johann Neumann, spoke at the exhibition about Bowen’s unique cultural contribution and […]

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In memory of Michael Bowen

In memory of the Great and Honorable Michael Bowen (aka Baba Kali Das) By R.W. Bruch March 13, 2009 Yes, Great, like Alexander the Great, Michael was also an influential and visionary leader who will be remembered into the distant future. Michael Bowen was not an ordinary fine artist; he truly was a great soul, […]

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Gone to the Unseen

An homage to the honorable Michael Bowen At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen. What marvelous route did you take from this world? Beating your wings and feathers, you broke free from this material cage. Rising up to the sky you obtain the world of the soul. You were a prized falcon […]

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