Art: John Dowd Exhibits Third Landscape Series About Florida

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American artist John Dowd shows his new series titled “About Florida” at the Williams McCall Gallery South of Fifth. Kicking off with an artist reception that is open to the public on Friday, March 7th at 6 pm, the exhibit will run until March 29th.

John Dowd headshotGail Williams, owner of Williams McCall Gallery states, “Well known for his post-Hopper architectural portraits of Cape Cod homes, we feel fortunate that John Dowd is capturing Florida in his uniquely special way. Having brought us the In Florida and Florida Nocturne series since the gallery’s debut, this new series of 15 oil-on-canvas paintings is Dowd’s third show of Florida landscapes.

John Dowd shares, “It is a further exploration of my interest in the dazzling beauty of its skies and lighting alongside the often quirky local architectural vernacular … the sense of sublime in Out in Stiltsville … the anonymous but familiar in a nondescript corner of a typical neighborhood depicted just after a storm at twilight in Florida Landscape (after the rain) … the odd silhouettes of palms set against the night sky in Suburban Night … the rich saturated blue of evening at a South Beach motel with the glow from within a room in Blue Night … in these and the others in this show are things that I found arresting.”

Blue Night 14x18Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours and By Nightfall and a John Dowd collector, writes “John captures the subvert life of the seemingly inanimate. He gives us, in his paintings, the life we’ve been granted, and gives us as well the world that will continue after we’re gone.”

Dowd received a degree in architecture at Notre Dame and further advanced his studies in Rome.  His work has been exhibited throughout the country with numerous works held in private, corporate and museum collections. He was awarded the Altman Prize “Grand Prize for Landscape“ from the National Academy of Design. Dowd currently resides in Provincetown and New York City.

The Williams McCall Gallery is the first fine art gallery located in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood and has become a “must visit” destination for art lovers and collectors. The stylishly minimalist gallery represents a diverse roster of local and international artists creating contemporary paintings, works on paper, fine art photography, encaustic collage and sculpture. Building a unique program that bridges various artist communities and provides its artists greater exposure to new markets, the gallery was recognized in the Best New Art Gallery categories by the Miami New Times and Miami Sun Post in their “Best of 2013″ selections.  The gallery holds one of approximately 30 licenses issued by the U.S. Treasury Department to import artworks from Cuba.

For more information about the gallery visit williamsmccallgallery.com or 786.359.4321

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