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Allentown, PA (February 1, 2007) -  Escape the winter blues and find yourself among waves and palm trees in Cedar Crest College's new exhibit of landscape paintings by artist Roy Fowler.  "Paintings and Watercolors" will run from March 1, 2007 - April 1, 2007 in the Tompkins Gallery.  An artist talk and reception will be held on March 14th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the gallery.

The oil paintings that will be on exhibit are a selection of landscapes that were inspired by several trips the artist made to Hawaii.  They originated as watercolors done on location in Oahu.  Fowler uses the watercolors in much the same way that other artists use a pencil and sketchbook to record ideas for later use in a more complete work.

"I often use watercolor as a starting point," says Fowler.  "I have a style of collecting information in the watercolor which then becomes the subject of my work.  If possible, I transpose the watercolor compositions to oil without changing the feel or structure of the original."

Fowler will also showcase a number of watercolors from a series depicting waves that speak to his effort to capture patterns in nature that suggest abstraction and colors that spark memory.  "There is often something in the landscape that is magnetic, not necessarily scenic, but something that resonates," says Fowler.  "I try to suggest a space that in turn might suggest a feeling or remembrance of a place or type of weather, or a time in one's life.

Roy Fowler received a degree in painting from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1976.  His work first appeared in a group show at the Queens Museum in 1979, and his first solo show was at the Anne Plumb Gallery where he continued to exhibit there throughout the 1980s. Since then he has had solo shows at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Project II Space and the Art Resources Transfer non-profit in New York.  His work is in numerous public and private collections, including The Eli Broad Family Foundation, The JP Morgan Chase Collection, The Equitable Collection, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Fowler has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Artist's Space.  He has created set designs for dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley that appeared in her performances at the Joyce Theater and the 92 Street Y in New York, and the University of GeorgiaFowler is currently represented by the Cheryl Pelavin Gallery in New York.

The Tompkins Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.  Individual artist consultations will be available for artists who wish to discuss their own work with Fowler.  Appointments can be made by calling 610-606-4667.


Roy Fowler

Untitled (wave)



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