Margo Leavin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new collages by Roy Dowell, on view from 10 October through 14 November 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on 24 October from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This will be Dowell’s sixth one-person show at the gallery and the first installation of new work since his major survey at the gallery in 2006.
For more than thirty years Dowell has combined his precise painting technique with elements from printed materials, composing collages that are at once abstract and, in part, representational. In his new collages, Dowell has chosen to depart from his traditional inclusion of ready-made materials, such as scraps from billboard ads or commercial signage, in favor of painting or drawing most of the assembled components. Whereas previously Dowell’s collages often related to one another through shared printed or painted elements, each of the artist’s new works has a decidedly more individualistic approach toward exposing and reframing the fabric of our visual language.
Having exhibited both nationally as well as internationally, Dowell’s work is represented in numerous private collections and major museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Orange County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Dowell currently chairs the Graduate Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.