Los Angeles

Roy Dowell

Margo Leavin Gallery

Imagine a gaggle of Expressionists, Cubists, Constructivists, Dadaists, Futurists, and early abstractionists coming of age after Pop amid the Pattern and Decoration movement and the rise of appropriation, and you might get a sense of Roy Dowell’s twenty-five modestly scaled, untitled, numbered works. These burlap-and-acrylic works on canvas and collages on illustration board (all works 2003) have much to do with early modernism yet seem to find their place in what could be called a post-postmodern moment.

Perhaps it’s too easy to describe work by one artist in terms of imagined combinations of others, but in fact Dowell’s visual cocktails function openly as both pastiche and synthesis. With its centralized starburst image in red, orange, yellow, black, and white and its rich brushwork coupled with a rough graphic sensibility, #875 could be the product of a collaboration between Andy Warhol

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