"You Already Know How This Will End"
Sculptures, Paintings & Drawings by Michael J. Dowling
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Open: January 28th - March 4th, 2017
"I am making separate artworks that interact with each other and working with sculptural materials as well as found items."
About the Artist:
Michael Dowling was born in Denver in 1972 and grew up in Colorado. He began drawing at a very young age but didn’t begin to study formally until the age of 24. After several years of study in studio practices, Michael sold the business he owned and moved to Florence Italy to focus on making art and expanding his skill. He completed his studies at Il Instituto de Art, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in 2002 with focuses in studio practice and contemporary theory. While in Florence, Michael studied under the duo Rosenclaire (Rose Shakinovski & Claire Gavronsky) who continue to be his mentors and advisors.
In 2003, Michael moved back to his native Denver and married his childhood sweetheart. They now have three children and drink wine constantly.
Michael shows nationally and is represented in Colorado, California, Miami, New York, and Montreal. His work is in numerous private and public collections throughout the US and Europe.
I work primarily in charcoal and oil paint while employing any medium that might challenge me to step away from my safe and practiced modes. I often work with spray paint and gold leaf both because they are somewhat unpredictable in my approach and because they introduce a range of color that makes me just a little nervous. I have a disciplined approach to drawing, giving myself assignments to complete a number of works within a time frame. That approach does double duty in using and expanding my technical skill while also pushing my creative approaches. In producing a small volume of drawings one after another, I am compelled to challenge my compositional structures, disrupt my imagery, and explore my subject from unexpected angles. My paintings similar to my drawings have the elements of classical approach, starting with drawing and layering paint to arrive at the image. In the process of painting, each layer has an opportunity to step away from the picture or the natural image. I often start with imagery referencing art history and begin to adjust the content to give it voice in our current time.
In ‘You Already Know How This Will End’, opening on January 28th at Leon Gallery in Denver, I have begun to work in a greater range of materials and styles. I am making separate artworks that interact with each other and working with sculptural materials as well as found items. The show itself is my look into relationships be they personal, interpersonal, or broader in scope. Within that search I keep largely focused on my combination of the general ideas that inform my work and continue to allow the work to inform me as it comes together.