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In Search of Frank Bowers...
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Posted: 2017-08-11 1:32 pm   Permalink

Off topic, but MAN - how good of a drummer would you have to be to drum with Gene Krupa?!?!?

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Posted: 2017-08-11 3:31 pm   Permalink


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Pele Paul
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Posted: 2017-08-11 3:39 pm   Permalink


On 2011-12-13 19:35, bigbrotiki wrote:
John-O, you're such a lush! Well, here is MY groundbreaking discovery -except it's not really mine, it was BORIS who discovered this previously unknown piece of Bowers ephemera, and I thank him very much!

I apologize in advance/ in retrospect if I outbid anyone on this (Sabu? John-O?), but I just had to have it:

I show most but not all pages, Bowers' style was definitely Pre-Tiki, more 30s/40s...

The animals were drawn by his wife Vicki.

And here's what WE like, the...

My favorite is actually the back cover:

wow these are awesome!!! Id love to pattern my style after him!!! i need these books!!! INCREDIBLE tiki style
he was ahead of his time !!!!

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Posted: 2018-09-02 4:57 pm   Permalink


On 2016-08-06 16:41, msteeln wrote:
forgive me if this site is well known https://lamodern.com/2013/09/frank-bowers-l-a-muralist/

above link is broke so here is updated link

and here is the content in case that link gets broken soon. It's a three-panel mural
Lot 469: Frank Bowers
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated "Frank Bowers/47" lower left
71" x 400"
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,00

Frank Howard Bowers (1905-1964) was an American painter and muralist born in California. He moved to Los Angeles during the Depression Era and was assigned to execute grand-scale murals for the WPA's Federal Art Project as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal program. Noteworthy commissions include a mural for the interior of the South Gate, California City Hall in 1941, and a series of murals for the Fruit Growers Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles (also known as the Sunkist Building, which has since been demolished) in the early 1930s. Aside from his involvement in the Federal Art Project he also leisurely painted several custom oil on canvas murals for bars and lounges in and around Long Beach and South Los Angeles. Some of the commissions were reportedly in exchange for his bar tab.

This mural was executed for the interior of restaurateur Vivian Laird's Restaurant and Jungle Room in Long Beach. Los Angelenos may find some of these tremendous murals in situ at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall and Buccaneer Lounge in Sierra Madre, Foc'sle Bar in Wilmington, and outside state lines at the Hard Hat Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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