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Featured Artist: John McDowell, ASA


John McDowell, Tenebra in Luce (Darkness in Light). Patina on Copper with mixed media .

John McDowell, Tenebra in Luce (Darkness in Light). Patina on Copper with mixed media .

Artist Statement

I was born and raised in South Africa. After earning undergraduate and then a MA in the US, I returned to Canada where I earned a PhD at the University of Calgary. I now work at Burman University in Lacombe. Along every stage of my academic training, I took art classes. My first group show in Alberta was 1992 and my first solo show was 1994 at what was then the Old Court House Gallery in Red Deer. I am referenced in Kathy Zimon’s book, Alberta Society of Artists: The First Seventy Years (2000). Then, I was primarily doing sculpture. A current focus is doing 2D work using patina and other materials on copper.

ASA Q&A

John McDowell, Ecstasy of Asneth. Patina on Copper with Lead, Red Jasper and Brass wire.

John McDowell, Ecstasy of Asneth. Patina on Copper with Lead, Red Jasper and Brass wire.

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
John: Influences are too elusive and varied for me to trace direct connections. I would say, that I have been influenced by Alberta based artists, Chin-Shek Lam, and Myken Woods. When it comes to internationally known artists, I am very much drawn to the work of Ansellm Kiefer.

ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
John: I would consider my most successful body of work to date being the work I do with copper, patina, tar, lead and various other pigments and stains. These have not been widely shown (although three are on view at DOSE Coffee in Red Deer). I also still do sculptures, including works in the Angel series.

John McDowell, Angel Weeping. Cast aluminum with encaustic .

John McDowell, Angel Weeping. Cast aluminum with encaustic .

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Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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