Eric Bowen was born in Allahabad but eventually settled down in Oslo where he continued painting. In 1959, he received a diploma from College of Art, New Delhi. Though he joined the short-lived Group 1890, Eric Bowen’s journey to be a part of the significant art movements in the 1960s took root when he and Paramjit Singh started Group Unknown, a Delhi-based collective of young artists and sculptors. The artist got the Italian state scholarship for art in 1962. Delhi Silpi Chakra had a solo exhibition of the artist in 1961. The artist was a member of the Council of Indian Artists, New Delhi, and the Young Artists Society, Delhi.
An artist who was largely known for working in the abstract genre, he also made landscapes. In fact, many of his works in this particular genre are on display as part of the collection at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In 1985, Bowen made a series of twelve paintings incorporating quotations from Rabindranath Tagore, Japanese poet Sankichi Toge and other notable poets and philosophers,titled The Right to Life in Peace. The content of the series was based on concerns about a world emerging from the mindless wars and senseless violence with the artist, thus, painting skeletal figures, mushroom clouds and billowing smoke. Theseries, for which he received a grant from the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairsof Norway, was showcased in the headquarters of United Nations, Geneva.