Born in England, P. L. Bowles has been fascinated by
Native American culture since childhood. From his earliest drawings, to the
'pictographic' style he has mastered today, Bowles aims for an honest
portrayal of 19th century Indian life on the Great Plains.
In 1989, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of living among the Plains Indians by
traveling to South Dakota and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux reservations.
It was at this time the idea formulated of recreating this old style of
painting on unbleached cotton. Bowles first commission was for Emil Her Many
Horses, then the curator of the Buechel Memorial Lakota (Sioux) Museum on
the Rosebud Reservation. He was then asked to paint the tepee of Elmer
Running, probably the last visionary medicine man among the Lakota.
Many contemporary Native American artists have 'personalized' this style,
but Bowles remains faithful to historical accuracy, possibly the only artist
painting like this today. This has been a result of many years of meticulous
personal study of the originals in private and museum collections throughout
the world. Bowles work is so accurate, that several years ago, Dr. John
Ewers of the Smithsonian Institute suggested he register his art with the
museum in order to prevent any future mistaken attribution.
While living on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in 1991, Bowles was honored
with an adoption ceremony by a Lakota friend at the altar of Elmer Running.
He was given the name 'Ikce Wicasa Ecetkiya Wawowa' which, loosely
translated means 'Paints Like The Natural Man'.
If you want a tipi painted...contact:
Or his painted panels:
an English artist living and
working in Hollywood, CA. Bowles' Plains style
pictographic muslin paintings are meticulously
researched, and are represented in the collections of
such people as Mick Jagger.