Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Milton 510 Bowens

by Bree Garcia

SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

M510: I like to describe my work as “fine art” only because it sound smoother than the “TRUTH” my approach to painting could be viewed visual documentaries, artistic stories. Although I love to draw, I’d have to say my preferred style would be mixed media texted based assemblage.

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

M510: I feel all artists who live or work in their communities need to make an effort to give back, no two artists will be able to give back in the same ways but we all (artists) must make and keep some sort of charitable commitment with the community.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

M510: The first thing I’d say is don’t look for anyone or everyone to tell you how talented or great your work is. Most artists and their work builds, matures over time, you need to be accountable to yourself and the goals you set. Stay honest in the pursuit of those goals and one day when you look up from painting you might have a career you are  proud of.

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SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

M510: Kathy Blackburne, I love the passion and pain in her work there’s emotion in every brush stroke. Wayne Thiebaud, his work makes me hungry! Rafael Delgado, smooth approach “clean” I think he’s got a bright future. Daphne Burgess, fun bold and wonderfully colorful yet convey very deep warm personal stories.

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

M510: My mentors, they are the most valuable resources I have and continue to lean on. One other odd resource is Historical documentary films and videos.

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

M510: I would like to see more artists in Sacramento supported from the sales of their work – and some more diversity in the institutional, public and private collections in and around the area.

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 SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

 M510: www.milton510.com, Milton510 Fan Page @fb.com and MiltonFiveTen@twitter.com

If you are interested in being one of SAHC’s featured artists, email us at: info@sacramentoarthistory.org

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