Give a brief description of your upcoming show. And what might have inspired it.
My show titled Connections is based on the relationship that exists between man and nature and how we are bound together by a common thread.
How have you expanded existing themes/ideas for which you are best known/or if this body of work is a great deviation from your norm, what inspired this new approach?
I continue to explore the landscape but I am also adding more structural motifs, such as bridges, that reinforce my theme of connections.
Stylistically and /or technically, what do you hope collectors notice in your new work?
My work continues to blur the lines between realism and abstraction. Stylistically I would say it is more painterly. Juxtaposing transparency and opaque pigments, accidental scrapes and along with random impasto deﬁne my work.
Add any additional info that might interest the viewer.
Each of the paintings are the result of visiting the sites and relying on visual memory through my use of sketches, photographs and notes. I do take artistic license when I feel there is a need to convey a certain essence of the place. This is usually achieved by changing a color palette from the local color or adding or taking away elements that are more of a distraction to the ﬁnished piece.
“These paintings are part of a continuing series. The subject matter may vary somewhat, but all share a strong focus on a building’s special resonance. Its more than light on the side of a white building. They are interesting places to paint, pure and simple.
The old crab shack is vernacular architecture. The idyllic small-town brick home speaks to me. I stop at a rural crossroads to capture great old structure leaning with age. Or I linger across from a charming street corner in Greenwich Village. These are paintings describe an aura, a paintings character. They are prime examples of special places staring back at us.”
Born in Morristown, New Jersey on February 14, 1954, Fowler showed an early interest in art, whether in elementary school or through local art associations. As an honors illustration student at Pratt Institute, he entered the highly competitive Annual Student Scholarship Exhibition at the request of an instructor. His work was praised and the result was a full scholarship to the Illustrators Workshop, of Easton, Connecticut, in 1977. This one month of intensive training period solidified his resolve to paint in oils and to make narrative images.
A few years later, after settling in Trenton, New Jersey, Fowler won a Distinguished Artist Fellowship Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in 1990. This grant money enabled him to continue work on a lengthy project centered on the works of the Italian poet, Dante Aligheri, specifically “The Inferno”.
Since the 1990s Fowler has painted on an almost daily basis, often for exhibition, while allowing ample time to earn a living as a freelancer. His work has been exhibited throughout the New York, New jersey and Pennsylvania region, in museums, institutions and important galleries.
When not teaching at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Fowler works as the Collections Manager for the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York City, curating, conserving and installing great works by the world’s best artists.
An important aspect of the painting process for Fowler and his wife Palma is the traveling they do. In particular, they enjoy the New England rolling landscapes, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Lancaster County and, the Jersey Shore.