Join us at Mattison’s City Grille on March 7th from 3-5 pm for a book signing and conversation with local celebrity, artist and author, Jack Dowd.
Jack Dowd’s infatuation with the arts began early. He was born in New York in 1938 and as a young person growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s, he enjoyed many of the advantages of being in the exciting art capital of the Post-War world. In addition to the exuberant experience of exploring the new ideas of the avant-garde art produced in the city, Dowd attributes the influence of the great American films of that day with igniting his imagination and firing his quest for adventure.
In his early career, Dowd pursued employment that enabled him to travel and he chose both exotic and not so exotic places for his work. The experience of meeting and working with many different people helped him develop an insight into the human psyche that serves today to allow him to endow his sculpted figures with humor, sensitivity, pathos, satire and even hubris.
Dowd has been invited for solo exhibitions by many museums and art centers across the country including: Florida State Museum of Fine Art; Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art; Irving Art Center, TX; Westbend Museum, WI; and the Walton Art Center, AR. His show at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL drew 40,000 visitors and the opening was the best attended in the museum’s history.
The family tradition, however, begins at home in the artist’s private studio, “Moon River,” located in Sarasota, FL. He lives and works closely with his family in a studio and home designed in the 70’s by Tollyn Twitchell of the Florida School of Architecture. The natural ambience of his home and the faith and devotion of his family provides the harmony and order so necessary to his creative success. “Each day I reach deep within myself to continue my journey to create art that, as in the movies, is larger that life.”