Decorating Idea: License Plate Wall Art for your Home

Interview with License Plate artist David Bowman
by @schulmanArt, Miriam Schulman

Looking for art for your man cave? Discover the art of David Bowman and his drool worthy map art made of upcycled license plates. This artist creates unique and engaging pieces of art and maps out of recycled vintage license plates. His designs are mounted on stained boards and are terrific conversation starters and visual enhancements for your den, vacation home or business office.

License Plate Art by David Bowman of DesignTurnpike

SchulmanArt: Tell us about yourself and how you got the idea to create art out of license plates.
David Bowman: I have lived most of my life on the outskirts of Detroit, the Motor City. This has obviously contributed to my love of cars, history and industrial materials.

As a boy, I loved license plates. Six-hundred-mile-a-day trips were enlivened by keeping a list of the many diverse plates I saw on the road along the way. Family road trips to New Mexico, South Dakota, Florida, New Brunswick and many other destinations exposed me to the wealth of color, style and personality of each state’s tag. A separate but genuine love for maps, geography and crafting grew to inspire the license plate art and maps I create today. I love to hunt out and find lost troves of plates and turn them into something people will enjoy for years to come.

Working from Michigan, the birthplace of the modern automobile, I continue to brainstorm and produce various new designs along with some of the classic license plate maps shown on my home page gallery.


Collect David’s Art on his Website

SchulmanArt: What is your most popular item?
DB: My best selling pieces are my maps of the USA made out of vintage recycled license plates. State maps and other objects such as trucks cars, animals and road signs made out of plates as well round out my collection.

SchulmanArt: When do you find time to create your art?
DB:  I cut plates daily. I am often out in the studio at night putting the finishing touches on pieces, and beginning to assemble the wood board backing for the next set of pieces I have in the pipeline.


Watch David create his art on his blog!!

SchulmanArt: What advice would you give beginning artists?
DB: Be patient. It takes a huge amount of time and effort to get started in this business. Be true to what you want to create. Don’t focus on what others are doing – make your art your own. People want originality, not just another product that blends in.

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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