Scaffold Episode 87: Ben Bowling

Ben Bowling, son of the celebrated painter Frank Bowling, discusses the intertwining of family life and creative practice in episode 87 of Scaffold.

Ben Bowling is Professor of Criminology at Kings College London, and the son of the celebrated painter Frank Bowling, whose studio he now manages.

"Frank always wanted children, but did not want to be a father, because of his own father’s violence [...] One thing that is joyous about working in the studio is being able to involve my son, who’s now in his 30’s, and his son, who’s two and a half. The fact that we now have four generations of male Bowlings in the studio, coming together around the work, is a source of joy. It’s almost like we disrupted this old pattern of what fatherhood should be."




Scaffold is a podcast series featuring interviews with architects, artists and designers. Hosted by Matthew Blunderfield and produced by the Architecture Foundation, it is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and most major podcast streaming platforms.

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