More Than a Cone

Colt Bowden 2018


The nature of Bowden’s art is time consuming and may thus seem like an anachronism in today’s digitally fueled world. It is that very reason he chooses media that makes one slow down, embrace gradual methods of construction and command an attention to the integrity of skillfully crafted detail. “I own and operate a 1930s Vandercook letterpress, with which I make linocuts, wood type and hand drawn imagery. I also do a lot of folk art—train and hobo related subject matter mostly, bearded faces painted on old skateboards, 2x4s and sides of boxcars.” Bowden says his art has a “Great Depression—1920s to early 1940s look, back when doing things by hand was at its peak.”