Dowling will be creating a new body of work featuring oil and charcoal paintings, drawings and clay sculptures. The entire new collection will be on display on the final day of the show, Saturday Nov. 30th!
Dowling’s work has been characterized as a combination of traditional practices in realism and his explorations of mark, pattern, and color to disrupt that reality. In many compositions, figures presented as portrait, morph into their surreal self, and lone objects tell stories through their subtle positioning. These objects and characters sit in bizarre spaces with intentionally disrupted atmospheres in order to find further meaning within the imagery.
Dowling has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Denver Art Museum and is represented in Colorado, California, Miami, New York and Montreal.
“I intend to use the traditions of painting and drawing in a very contemporary voice; I make my work with a great respect for those traditions along with a fun contempt for our current situations,” said Dowling. “In this body of work, I have replaced my careful approach with the notions of volume, repetition, and time limits to explore the patterns in imagery that I’ve worked with for many years and to try to start seeing those images in new ways.”
The Michael Dowling Studio at Dairy Block will feature model drawing sessions, wine tastings, musical events and more. For a complete schedule, please visit https://dairyblockwpe.wpengine.com/.
November 7th, 6pm-8pm
Paint and sip! Michael will be working from a Rembrandt and each participant will be able to create their own painting based on the Rembrandt original. Wine and materials provided. We will be working with oil paint. Please dress accordingly.
Cost is 10$ per person. Limit 20 people. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8th, 4pm-6pm
Happy artists hour!
November 8th, 1pm-4pm
Collaboration day. Artist or not, come by and make a drawing piece with Michael. You get to keep it.
November 10th, 1pm-4pm
Critique. Michael could use a little advice. Please stop by and give me your 2cents. If there’s anything you’ve always wanted an artist or me in particular make or any advice, give it to him.
November 14th, 6pm to 8pm
Art biz talk!
More event to TBA soon!