Bruce Carlton (B.C.) Nowlin was born in 1949 in Alameda, New Mexico.
He spent his childhood on the edge of the Sandia Pueblo Reservation.
His teenage mother spent her early years in the Laguna Pueblo
earning her the Indian name “Little Bird”. His
father, Duke, worked in Albuquerque at a highly classified
government job. B.C.’s Native-American friends gave him
the symbol; the bird-and-moon, a calligraphic logo he signs
to every piece of artwork.
His southwestern roots and his intimate relationship with Native
American history and culture have a strong influence on his work.
His paintings are vibrant and intense. His use of color and imagination
is exceptional. Each piece is filled with emotion and illustrates
a journey, both for him and his paintings. His work often portrays
universal places filled with mystery and spirituality and tribes
of every nation moving towards brighter destinations.
B. C.’s work has grown with the times. His work is exhibited
in collections from Hewlett-Packard and the Discovery Channel to
the Palace collection of Costa Rica. He has produced several unique,
once-only showings of theme-works, such as the “Women in
the West”, a masked ‘desert’ event in Contemporary
Southwest Gallery in Santa Fe in 1996, and “Vessels”,
part of a series of the two-man shows, in which Nowlin is billed
as two different artists exhibiting distinctly different sets of
images. His works have gained the attention of celebrity collectors
such as Tanya Tucker, Robert Plant and Sophia Loren. B. C.’s
artworks have been featured in Jay Leno monologues and are familiar
worldwide as album covers and Hollywood set-pieces. Nowlin is also
gaining attention as a writer. His twenty-year project, “The
Fifth Gospel” is about to be released.
His inspiration and passion often comes from his motorcycle. A
daily ride to the nearby Murphy’s Mule Barn Café for
conversation, newspapers and coffee start his day of artistic endeavors.
He lives in a 110-year old adobe house with his wife and children.