Dave MacDowell is an impudently talented self-taught artist living in Virginia. His work – deeply affected by the art of Disney, MAD Magazine‘s caricatures and Todd Schorr’s contemporary cartoon surrealism – focuses on «contemporary cultural nightmares» and highly satirical views masterfully conveyed through his colourful acrylics on canvas.
I Get High With A Little Help From Vermeer!, 18 x 24 Oil and Acrylic on canvas
The Deer Hunter, 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas
Taxi Rider, 24 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
Breakfast Hawks, 14 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas
Ever since the day the artist started working with Liquidex paint, he has never been afraid to challenge and criticize american pop culture and the prevailing brainwashing through media in his unique and explicit artistic language. Ron English, one of the most recognizable artists in the culture jamming movement alive today, once said about his Charles Manson billboard: “The religion of our culture is commercialism, but the first time I saw the ‘Think Different’ ads it freaked me out; I couldn’t believe that those people’s images had been sold. It was like today’s revolutionary is tomorrow’s corporate shill. I thought, you want different, here you go.”
Fly, 18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Lost Tiki Island, 14 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas
In this same way Dave MacDowell sets his eyes onto the world that surrounds him. The artist’s controversial sense of humor is often excused on the grounds that he merely reflects in the motley assortment of his cinematic paintings the attitudes of his age. His imagined world, as visually brilliant reworking of Hollywood themes, is strincly connected to the observable one.
Parents Just Dont Understand, 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas
Let It Pee, 18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Let It Pee – the new painting by Dave MacDowell - will be on display at “I Know You Are, But What Am I?”, A Pee Wee Herman Tribute Show currently showing at Gallery 1988 Venice.
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