Timothy McDowell – “The Elegant Puzzle: New Works on the Theme of Nature” – 2009


Timothy McDowell – “The Elegant Puzzle: New Works on the Theme of Nature”

Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Timothy McDowell.


Universally recognized, cross culturally appreciated, tentative, elusive, we can’t comprehensively define landscape but we know it when we see it. With his new body of work, Timothy McDowell brings to focus on the complexity of components and emotions at play within something seemingly so simple as an image of land. These paintings reference the historical idea of landscape painting that continues building on the traditions with the inclusion of contemporary elements and ideas.

McDowell searches for connections to the tradition in different cultures, throughout history, and tries not to limit references but seek out similarities between different sources. His work searches for connections in disassociated sensibilities in the hope that he may find insight and keep intact his own spiritual affinity with Nature. Contemporary civilization has removed us from the need to make critical survival decisions with this knowledge, but we are still tied to a sense of place in an almost mystical way.

McDowell’s work has been published in The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera and Flora by Four Contemporary Artists by Ivette Lee. As a side note, McDowell works with beeswax and earth pigments as a painting medium, on a wood support, so as to depict nature as ‘naturally’ as possible.

McDowell was born in 1953 in Texas and obtained his BFA at the Midwestern State University and his MFA at the University of Arizona. His paintings have been exhibited widely across North America and Europe and can be found in many international collections including: The Bank of America, The William Benton Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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