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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: portrait, landscape and still life painting

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Biography from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:
Born:  1949, Greenville, Texas

Education:

1972 B.F.A. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1973 M.A. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
1974 M.F.A. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Solo Exhibitions:

1973 Anoka-Ramsey State College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1979 University Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
1981 Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1982 Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, Texas
1983 The Art Center, Waco, Texas (catalogue)
1984 DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1985 Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, New York, James Dowell Recent Paintings, catalogue with introduction by Alfred Sturtevant
1986 DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1988 DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1990 Stephen Gill Gallery, New York, New York
1992 The Quiet Room:  Paintings by James Dowell, Brazos Gallery, Richland Community College, Dallas, Texas, curated by Paul Rogers Harris
1993 Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1999 James Dowell, MMC Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York
2002 Portrait as Self-Portrait: Paintings of Friends and Friendship, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2003 James Dowell: Portraits, Landscapes, and Still Lifes, Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas
2003 James Dowell: Object Lessons, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2005 Out of the Earth: The Work of James Dowell, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

Group Exhibitions:

1969 Eighteenth Exhibition of Southwestern Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, juror:  Henry T. Hopkins, Director, Fort Worth Art Center Museum
1970 Thirty-Third Annual Exhibition for Artists of Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties, 1970, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas, juror:  Walter Hopps, Director, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1970 1970 Southwest Fine Arts Biennial, Museum of New Mexico, Sante Fe, New Mexico, jurors:  Dr. Sherman E. Lee, Dr. Merle Wachter, Elmer N. Bischoff
1970 11th Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, juror:  Dr. John Maxon, Associate Director of the Art Institute of Chicago
1971 Texas Painting and Sculpture 71, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, juror:  Ray Parker, painter, New York
1971 Artists of the Southwest and Texas Biennial, honorable mention
1971 Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, juror:  Walter Hopps, Director, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1972 12th Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, juror:  Walter Hopps, Director, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1973 North Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1973, honorable mention
1973 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, Juror:  Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., critic, New York
1973 Thirty-fifth Annual Exhibition for Artists of Tarrant County and Members of the Fort Worth Art Center, honorable mention
1973 Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas, juror:  Jane Livingston, Curator of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1973 Fourth Annual Prints, Drawings and Crafts Exhibition, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, juror:  Lee Nordess
1973 16 Graduate Painters, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The University of Iowa, juror:  Don Weygandt
1975 Texas Drawing, Austin College, Sherman, Texas (three person show)
1977 New Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, New York
1980 Group Show, G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, New York
1980 Still Life:  A Selection of Contemporary Paintings, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
1982 Hearts and Flowers, The Art Center, Waco, Texas
1992 Still Life Today, Scott Alan Fine Arts, New York, New York, curated by Antonio Alvarez
1983 Paintings-Summer 1983, DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1983 39th Annual Competition, (award), Abilene Fine Arts Museum, Abilene, Texas
1985 Realist Painters, Park Avenue Atrium, New York, New York, curated by Ludwig Datene
1985 28th Annual Delta Art Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
1985 DW Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition #2, DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1986 Compliments, Marie Pellicone Gallery, New York, New York
1986 Trio of Color, Marie Pellicone Gallery, New York, New York
1987 100 Under 1000, DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1987 The Flower and Garden Show, DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1988 Zoomorphism:  Animals in Art, Trammell Crow Center, Dallas, Texas, curated by Paul Rogers Harris
1988 SMU Salon, Crescent Galleries, Dallas, Texas
1989 In Search of the American Experience, Jacob K. Javits Building, New York, New York
1990 Family Icons, Peregrine Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1992 A Quiet Place:  Still Lifes, Stiebel Modern, three person show, New York, New York
1993 ARTexas 93, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1993 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, (Valley House Gallery)
1994 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994 ARTexas 94, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1994 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1995 Texas Realism...with a twist, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas; showing concurrently at ArtCentre of Plano, traveled to The Tyler Museum of Art January until March 1996
1995 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1996 People, Places and Things, An Exploration of the Portrait, New York Studio School, Annual Alumni Exhibition
1997 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, (Valley House Gallery)
2000 Departureturn, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
2002 Beyond the Apple & Bottle: Still Life Invitational, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2005 Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series Artist Invitational Exhibition, Municipal Auditorium, Greenville, Texas
2006 Summer Show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2009 Thank You Fort Worth:  An Appreciation from Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Literature:

"Dowell's Paintings Both Austere and Surrealistic," The Dallas Morning News, June 20, 1979, p. 224.

"Familiar Places, Unfamiliar Views," The Dallas Morning News, October 7, 1981, p. 8C.

Janet Kutner, "You Can Go Home Again," Artnews, December 1981, p. 115.

Bill Marvel, "Critic's Choice," Weekend, Dallas, Times Herald," September 25, 1981, p. 4.

James Dowell:  Paintings, exhibition catalogue.  The Art Center, Waco, Texas, 1983.  Essay by Paul Rogers Harris.

Bob Darden, "Artist's Work causes Double-Takes," Waco Tribune-Herald, February 11, 1983, p. 1C.

Ron Lowe, "Dowell Deals with Real Life," The Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 8, 1983, p. 8B.

"One Style with Life of its Own," The Dallas Morning News," February 28, 1984, pp. 1-2E.

"James Dowell's Still Lifes Follow Form, Not Meaning," The Dallas Morning News, March 6, 1986, section F.

James Dowell Recent Paintings, exhibition catalogue.  Soho Center for Visual Artists, New York, New York, 1986.  Introduction by Alfred Sturtevant.

Janet Kutner, "James Dowell," Artnews, Summer 86, p.130.

Charles Dee Mitchell, "Plainly Playful Paintings," The Dallas Morning News, July 8, 1992, pp. 1-2C

Janet Kutner, “James Dowell:  Still lifes with emphasis on ‘life’,” The Dallas Morning News, December 17, 1993, p. 50.

Janet Kutner, “Objects of Affection: James Dowell Breaths Life into the Inanimate,” The Dallas Morning News, February 19, 2003, illus. p. 12C.

Mike Daniel, “James Dowell at Valley House,” The Dallas Morning News Guide, January 31, 2003, illus. p. 5.

50th Anniversary Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, March 5 – 27, 2004, color illustration.

Janet Kutner, “Art Review: Generations,”  The Dallas Morning News GuideLive, June 15, 2006, illus. p 1G.

Charles Dee Mitchell, “James Dowell: A Painterly Vision”

Film:

Dallas Video Festival 18 sponsored by the Video Association of Dallas presents Ned Rorem:  Word & Music:  The new documentary film by James Dowell & John Kolomvakis” produced by Symbiosis Films on Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium.

Biography from San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts:
James Dowell was born in Greenville, Texas and studied at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning a BFA in 1972. He continued his studies at the University of Iowa, earning both a MA and a MFA and since 1975 he has lived in New York City, while maintaining a residence in Dallas.

James Dowell Exhibition:
OUT OF THE EARTH:?STILL LIFE PAINTINGS BY JAMES DOWELL

Artist Statement
?"The earth and those things that grow out of it are the source of our sustenance. The conduit of energy which is soil and sea allows us to connect with our far away sun. Are we perhaps absorbing, along with all that is essential to our physical well being, some sense of the poetry of that system and the personality of the organic material that comes forth from underground? The ability to identify with that which we do not fully understand can put us in touch with some of the mystery of life.??Works of art are most satisfying when they operate on a number of levels and each of those levels is ripe with association. I would like to think my own work exists as pure painting and also functions as a portal onto the symbolic and visionary possibilities of nature. Forms in nature, that may seem quiet abstract at first consideration, have associations that bring us into a world of implication and inference.

My still lifes are mostly based on natural forms, but the relationships of these elements is evocative of emotions and states of mind we do not ordinarily associate with inanimate objects. The viewer is invited into a world where a log may be brutal and overbearing, or a gourd may be a surrogate for a womb or a caress. In these paintings the erotic is acted out by material that lacks any self-awareness of its own.

Each painting's configuration exists in reality first. A sort of arranged sculpture is created and it is at this stage of the development of the piece when the associations are first conceived. The process of painting refines these references and also removes the piece one or more steps from daily reality, the object being to depict what might be, rather than simply that which is. The human past is implicit in these pictures through reference to the history of art and through the story of life we know is embedded in every living object. The logical conclusion of the process is the same for all organisms; to live implies death. The celebration of the process is, however, what these paintings are about; the edge that is offered by their transitory nature only enriches the dialogue. The reality of the process of passing and renewal is, in a certain way, our most authentic solace."?--James Dowell?

Source:
http://www.samfa.org/past-exhibit-james-dowell.htm

 


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