I ask Frank Bowling what he wants viewers to get from Tate Britain’s
exhibition of his paintings, spanning 60 years of work. His answer is a
modest proposal that belies wildly eccentric procedures. “I want the
materials to speak to people, as intensely as possible.”

To make his paintings work he throws and pours paint, only sometimes
brushes it, and gets others to throw and brush too. He encourages children
to chuck plastic toys into colour bulked up with thick acrylic medium.
When grandchildren write him illustrated letters from their