The American Series
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The American Series is Thomas' latest series of oil paintings focusing on the transformation of traditional democratic values, new aggressive nationalistic tendancies, the divisions being created between different cultures, classes, races and sexes. They debate the Wall, Populism, narcissim, freedom of speech and how we address the uncertainties of the future.
Thomas Dowdeswell pulls back the curtain on current, controversial issues with surreal political satire, challenging the viewer to confront, digest and empathize with multiple perspectives, both literally and theoretically.
The complexity is discernible and at times even daunting, yet Dowdeswell’s works remain decipherable like an unnerving cautionary poem of the end of civilization as we know it. Meanwhile, under the geometrical figures, symbolic color palettes, and explicit imagery, an intellectual voice is always present.
Dowdeswell’s surrealist style creates a dreamscape atmosphere where he deliberately juxtaposes imagery of desperation and opulence, victimization and exploitation, in an attempt to explore the inequality of society through a flurry of abstraction and symbolism. When expressed through structural shapes, the form and energy is reminiscent of Futurist Umberto Boccioni's Elasticity (1912). But sometimes that flurry takes a complete abstract form, reminding the viewer of Kandinsky’s Compositions (1913), and thus the longing for liberation. Moreover, Dowdeswell’s faceless, indistinguishable figures have an uncanny resemblance to Salvador Dali's 'creature' in The Persistence of Memory (1931) reinforcing the obscure, dreamlike setting and reiterating the inescapable confusion of the human condition.
Thomas has an impressive showing history exhibiting across the United States, Europe and the UK.
Steidel Fine Art. Miami Spectrum. December 6th to 10th 2017.
Thomas and his work at It's Art Call 2017, D Contemporary Gallery, London August 2017.
Thomas in the studio
Butcher's Table Blues by Thomas Dowdeswell