Exhibition of New Works Kicks Off December 2 During Art Basel Week
From a blank surface painstakingly prepared with rabbit skin glue, chalk and white zinc, acclaimed painter David Michael Bowers delves into a world that has been described as "surrealistic," "contemporary fantastic" and "illusionary," as he blends modern themes and whimsical ideas with the techniques of the great masters. Bowers brings his powerful and fanciful realm to South Florida for an exclusive exhibition at 101/exhibit, beginning Wednesday, December 2 with a VIP reception at which the artist will be available to discuss his art with guests. The exhibition then runs through January 20, 2010.
Bowers' technique is, indeed, reminiscent of an era gone by. His paintings are alive with color, light, texture and space, an effect created through meticulous layering upon layering of rich-hued oil paints, glazes and varnishes, sanded smooth with pumice stones between layers.
There are, however, implications behind this aesthetic. Bowers' portraitures incorporate modern themes, ideas and commentary into haunting glances and intricate backdrops. Symbolism is a main ingredient in his work and his pieces require study and thoughtful deliberation. Regarded widely for his small-scale masterworks, the 101/exhibit exhibition will be a first for Bowers as the new works on display will measure as large as 38" x 38."
Bowers began his career as an illustrator and has created more than 100 magazine covers, most notably for Time, Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator. The success of his award-winning illustrations led Bowers to evolve his craft into fine art painting and he mounted his first solo exhibition at James Gallery in Pittsburgh in 1995.
Since then, his work has earned numerous awards and has been included in exhibitions throughout the world, including the "Art of Living" international exhibition at Harrods in London where his paintings hung alongside those of Rembrandt, Chagall and Warhol.
He also has paintings among the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of American Illustrators in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as numerous private collections.
101/exhibit is a unique space dedicated to showcasing provocative art and, as such, will provide an ideal backdrop for Bowers and his work. By pushing boundaries and dissecting the predictable, the gallery is quickly gathering a strong following of fine art tastemakers and trailblazers. Owned and operated by Jerome Shaw, Sloan Schaffer and Adam Wolfson, 101/exhibit strives to provide a dynamic gathering place unrestricted by era, locale, or convention. 101/exhibit is located at 101 NE 40th Street, in the heart of Miami's Design District.
For more information on the exhibition or 101/exhibit, call (305) 573- 2101 or visit www.101exhibit.com.