Marcus Bowcott

email: marcusbowcott@shaw.ca

Photos courtesy of Wayne Worden

My early working life was spent in heavy industry, working as a deckhand and longshoreman. The labour was intense, but the money and the time off where instrumental in helping me develop my painting. I moved to London in order to study at the Royal College of Art and completed my M.A. in the RCA School of Painting in 1984. Later, in my 30’s I transitioned to teaching painting and drawing. I became an instructor at several Vancouver colleges and art schools, including: Emily Carr, Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen College and Capilano University.

I draw inspiration and support from my family and friends. In the last few years I have made a full time commitment to my art, especially with the Vancouver Biennale installation of Trans Am Totem.

You can also find my work on SaatchiFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Master of Arts Degree
Royal College of Art, London, England

Associate Diploma
Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

Diploma Studies
Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, Canada

Associate of Arts
Douglas College, Surrey, Canada


Solo Shows

2015 – Trans Am Totem for the Vancouver Biennale
2012 – Cruising Arcadia Cafe for Contemporary Art
2011 – Cut Blocks Cafe for Contemporary Art
2010 – Cut Blocks, Stacks & Bundles Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre
2008 – Thaw Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2007 – Floating Worlds Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2005 – Marking Time Bau-XI Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2002 – Scaffold Bau-XI Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2000 – Shift Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1999 – Palimpsest Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1998 – Wedge, Bau-Xi Gallery Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1998 – The Enigma of Vessels Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver
1997 – Ark Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.
1993 – Fire and Water Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, B.C.
1988 – Swimmer Series Heffel Fine Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Selected Group Shows

2009 – Fragility & Resilience North Vancouver Community Arts Council
2005 – 25 Years * 25 Artists Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, B.C.
2003 – Waterscapes Bau-Xi Gallery, (Vancouver & Toronto)
1997 – From the Ark Series Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, B.C.
1994 – Monotypes Prior Editions, Vancouver, B.C.
1993 – Artropolis 93 Vancouver, B.C.
1993 – Here, There & Everywhere Project Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1990 – M.P.S. Annual Exhibition Malaspina Printmaking Soc., Vancouver
1988 – VGH Foundation Show Vancouver, B.C.
1986 – Art About Issues Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, B.C.
1984 – Between Two Countries Canada House / R.C.A., London, England


Canada Council Art Bank
Vancouver Art Gallery
Simon Fraser University
Capilano University
McDonalds of Canada Ltd.
Ruby & Edwards
Ladner Downs
B.C. Ferry Corporation
Toronto Dominion Bank
Canaccord Capital Corporation
Lang, Michner, Lawrence and Shaw
and other corporate and private collections


2005 – Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
2002 – Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
1999 – British Columbia Arts Council Grant
1998 – British Columbia Arts Council Grant
1997 – British Columbia Arts Council Grant
1984 – Burston Purchase Award
1982 – Canada Council Project Costs Grant
1981 – British Columbia Cultural Fund Grant


2006 – Galleries West, Ann Rosenberg
2003 – Canadian Art, John Whatley
2000 – Georgia Straight – Oct & Nov, Straight Choices
1999 – Asian Art News May – June, Bowcott at the Grunt
1999 – The Vancouver Sun, Review of Palimpsest
1999 – The West Ender, Review of Palimpsest
1998 – Asian Art News Nov – Dec, M. Bowcott at the Bau-Xi Gallery
1998 – The Vancouver Sun, Wedge
1998 – The Voice, Review of Enigma of Vessels
1998 – Georgia Straight – Jun & Oct, Straight Choices
1998 – Artichoke – Spring Issue, SiteSpecific
1997 – Canadian Art – Fall Issue, Golden Years
1997 – The Vancouver Sun, Review of Ark
1997 – The Vancouver Courier, Review of Ark
1993 – Visions Art Quarterly, Painting, Passion & Position
1993 – The Vancouver Sun, Artropolis and Here, There & Everywhere
1986 – Vanguard – Apr – May, Art About Issues
1984 – Arts Review, Review of Royal College of Art Degree Show

Instructional Experience

1991-2014 – Capilano University, Instructor: Painting and Drawing
1988-1994 – Open Learning Agency, Tutor: Art History, Colour, Drawing
1988-1989 – Vancouver Community College, Instructor: Drawing, Painting & Design
1985-1997 – Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Instructor: Drawing, Colour