Style Court

Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.16.2009

Rhythmic Layers


Suggesting a cubist influence, Charlotte-based Sharon Dowell often interprets her subject as a dynamic assemblage of overlapping lines and squares. But her approach is painterly, too, with high energy color and texture figuring prominently in her work. Whether it's a row of buildings in Charleston, urban sprawl, or power lines, she says in her artist statement, "I enjoy the subtlety of overlaying images and complex sensations."


In the Southeast, Sharon is represented by Charlotte's Center of the Earth Gallery, Atlanta's Thomas Deans Gallery, and Raleigh's Flanders Gallery. Additionally, she has exhibited at The Society of Illustrators Museum, The Tampa Museum of Art, and The A.I.R. Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.

If you plan to be near Duke University during the next few weeks, check out her solo show at Louise Brown Gallery, August 24 through September 9, 2009. (Click invitation to enlarge.)



Any reference to cubism or Picasso typically makes my mind wonder to African design. Again rhythm and pattern created with interwoven lines. The website of London-based gallerist and author Duncan Clarke, Adire African Textiles, is one of the most comprehensive and educational that I'm aware of. Clarke has written for Hali and he deals with museum quality textiles. Apart from the cloth, I found the vintage photographs of African fashion on his site especially interesting. Shown below is a detailed view of a mid-twentieth century Malian cotton blanket.



More intersecting strips: Anthropologie's woven spectrum journal.

Sharon Dowell holds the copyright to all paintings shown above. Images posted with permission from the artist.

8 comments:

Karena said...

Love Sharon's figurative piece with the architectural background. Beautiful palette!

Style Court said...

Sharon takes commissions and her paintings of couples are just great!

LauraCaseyInteriors@gmail.com said...

I look forward to going to see her work and meeting her.

Jeannine said...

The 4th picture's vantage point is about 200 yards away from my office at University of Virginia. :)

Southern Aspirations said...

My favorite was the first until I saw the fourth... ;-) Ahh, UVA. Great find.

Chichi and Luxe said...

i can see her use of 'high energy colour' which is fantastic, especially the oranges. the fourth is my favourite too.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Really interesting style and colors for "architectural" work. I want to check out more.

SP said...

I am crazy for "Night, Virginia." Simply incredible and inspiring. Thank you, Courtney. And thank you Ms. Dowell.