Timothy McDowell takes inspiration from the infinite aspects of nature. McDowell says that as a child in West Texas, he spent all his free time roaming around in that landscape, and as an adult has always felt a state of awe in nature. His imagery is an ongoing investigation of nature, from tiny pollen molecules to towering clouds. McDowell states that he feels his new paintings also serve as documents to the life forms that are quickly vanishing from our environment; in a way, his painting becomes an epitaph. McDowell’s compositions are masterworks of seeming chaos, wherein images may float on the surface like graffiti over deep space; scale may be flipped – a one inch woodpecker is next to a four inch cell; landscapes exist inside landscapes. The underlying message is a reminder that all things in nature are intimately related and serve a single purpose, no matter how random and independent they may seem.
Timothy McDowell exhibits across the United States and internationally in galleries, museums and biennials, including the Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Casper, WY, The Museum of Modern Art of Jacksonville, FL, the Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, the 5th Cuenca Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea (Florence, Italy). His work is in numerous private, corporate and museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art Prints and Drawings Collection, NY. Timothy McDowell resides in Noank, Connecticut, and has been an instructor at Connecticut College since 1981.