Terri Bowden

Born 1962, California
Terri has been practicing at Creative Growth since 1993

Terri likes to talk with her studio friends while making art and her whimsical and quirky sense of humor is delightfully evident in her artwork. Recently, she was chatting about cartoons in the new millennium. She envisioned a city shaped like fruit. Sky-rise pineapples, department stores bursting like gourmet apples and pears—a “Fruitopia” of succulent color on the Oakland skyline. She interjects with a chuckle, “Don’t eat the banana!”

Terri often draws albino animals and people, having befriended albino people who, like herself, are legally blind. She feels that people are people, regardless of their race or nationality, and that all-inclusive attitude is evident in the diversity of her portraits. Whether it’s reimagining Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, pop music icon Michael Jackson, or a nondescript winking punk rocker, Terri’s ability to capture the nuances of human expression exceeds far beyond the photos she uses for reference. Her limited vision has a direct influence on her interpretation of reality, resulting in an Impressionist application of color that adds both dimension and complexity to her work. Her fixation on albinism extends to ceramics as well, with her pigmentless fruit, donuts, cookies, rabbits and ducks, all executed in the same nude or whitish pink palette that appears in her drawings. Terri’s work is now part of the permanent collection at the Mad Musée in Belgium.


Outsider Art Fair, New York

Sheer Fantasy, Campbelltown Arts Center, Australia
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami

Outsider Art Fair, New York

New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Outsider Art Fair, New York

Vis-à-vis, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, curated by Michael Mahalchick
Extra Celestial, Crosstown Arts, Memphis

Undercover Genius, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma

DocumentO, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland
Superduper Market, Paper Magazine, New York

Creative Growth Pop-up Shop, Screaming Mimi’s, New York

In The House, MadMusée, Belgium

Boxed Foods, San Francisco
Partners and Spade, New York
Chromatic: 35 Colorful Years of Creative Growth, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco