By Chris Brunner
In his book “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days, A Vietnam Illustrator’s Memoir” John Bowen documents the physical and emotional trials of his Vietnam experience and his readjustment to civilian life. The story is beautifully illustrated with 43 his original black and white drawings.
Stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base outside of Saigon in 1968, Bowen was the only illustrator in the 834th Air Division Headquarters Unit. He had to quickly acclimate himself and get to work supporting the division – graphically. One of the jobs assigned to him was documenting the Airlift resupply by drawing and painting the actual operations. His assignment had him sketching both in the field and on the Tan Son Nhut flight line.
Join him for a different view of Vietnam – that of an Air Force Illustrator on Saturday, October 24 at 2pm, when he will read passages from his book and speak about his time as an illustrator. Eight of the drawings from his book will be on view as part of his current Museum exhibition “Touched by the Sun”.
Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, Florida 33065
Admission Cost: $6 (Members Free)
Chris has been a contributing writer at Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk since high school. He is a resident of Coral Springs and is currently attending college.