Meghan Howland

Meghan Howland/ Meghan Howland

United States 1985

Painting

www.meghanhowland.com

Meghan Howland
Meghan Howland
Female
United States
1985
March 29, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

When an art piece is observed, regardless of its form, what’s expected of it is to stir the emotions and senses in a way that hasn’t been felt before. A single element might resonate with some yet be mundane to others, but if the piece allows the viewer to complete it with his or her own interpretation and thought, it is bound to absorb any mind. The American artist Meghan Howland does just that: her vivid depictions of familiar people each tells a thousand stories, for it differs for every person viewing it. Leaving it up to the viewer to decide the background and the future of her characters, Howland communicates without speaking or explaining.

Howland’s paintings leave it up to the viewer to decide the background of her characters

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Meghan Howland – Mein Pova (detail), 2015

Balancing Safe and Sinister

Working with oil on canvas, Meghan Howland tends to depict people that surround her daily and she does it with great technical skill even though she’s young. Her paintings would be nothing short of a skillful portrait if it weren’t for the reoccurring elements of birds and flowers that inhabit the pieces. Sometimes overwhelming, imagery other than the subject can give out various feelings from picture to picture, as they balance from safety to sinister in her extensive oeuvre. In some cases, characters tend to be overtaken by the vastness of other subjects, and even then, the narrative is open to interpretation, demonstrating the talent of the artist.

The imagery balances between safe and sinister in Meghan Howland’s paintings

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Meghan Howland – Okay (detail), 2015

Old Ways Anew

Howland showed the desire for artistic expression at a very young age. Born in 1985, she would make simple creations even as a child, discovering her personal artistic path through high school and college. It created the truly unique artist that she is today, one that merges the traditional themes and contemporary elements in her work. It adds to the complexity of each of her pieces, complementing her way of storytelling as the viewer contemplates on more than just the narrative. Her technique adds yet another layer to her works and it leaves the viewer in command of telling the story behind the stunning portrayals of Meghan Howland.

Howland’s technique complements the narratives of her works

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Meghan Howland – MEGAFLORA (detail), 2014

Provoking a Thought

Regardless of how deep your imagination is, there’s something gripping and remarkable about Howland’s paintings that cannot escape the eye. Both calming and unnerving at the same time, her thought-provoking imagery could soothe you or upset you, but never will it leave you indifferent. With great technical skill and an unending narrative contained within a single piece, the work of Meghan Howland is, in one word – art.
The artist is represented by Abend Gallery.

Meghan Howland lives and works in Portland.

Featured image: Meghan Howland – Gardener (detail), 2013. All photos credit the artist and Abend Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GalleryGroup/Solo
2015 Plus 1 Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA Group
2015 Contemporary Figuration Abend Gallery, Denver, CO Group
2015 Eat More Art 5 P+C, Portland, ME Group
2015 Friends of Leon Gallery Sydney, Australia Group
2015 Meghan Howland Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA Solo
2015 Meghan Howland Abend Gallery, Denver, CO Solo
2014 Flowering Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY Group
2014 HATCH Inside-OUT Gallery, Somerville, MA Group
2014 Boston International Fine Art Fair Boston, MA Group
2014 REFLECTIVENARRATIVE Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Eastern Argus TNC Gallery, New York, NY Group
2013 ANIMAL DREAMS Lewis Gallery, Portland, ME Group
2013 Framed! P&C, Portland, ME Group
2013 Spring Show Rochester Museum of Fine Art, Rochester, NH Group
2013207 Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012 Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra Traveling Art Exhibition Platoon Kuntshalle Gallery, Berlin, Germany Group
2012 Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra Traveling Art Exhibition Village Underground Gallery, London, England Group
2012 Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra Traveling Art Exhibition Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY Group
2012 Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra Traveling Art Exhibition Public Works, San Francisco, CA Group
2012 Amanda Palmer's Grand Theft Orchestra Traveling Art Exhibition Pop tArt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
2012 New Paintings No. 27 Gallery, Rochester, NH Solo
2012 Recounted Narratives Bowersock Gallery, Mt Dora, FL Solo
2011 Boston International Fine Art Show Boston, MA Group
2011 Winter Show 100 Market St Gallery, Portsmouth, NH Group
2011 Resonate! The Oberon, Cambridge, MA Group
2011 The Big Take Over White Flag Gallery, Manchester, NH Group
2011 Lambs Among Wolves Mayo Street Arts, Portland, ME Solo
2010 Art w Heart Group
2010 10 for 2010: Ten Emerging Artists to Watch Robert M. Larson Gallery, Concord, NH Group
2010 A-B(o)MB II: The Fallout hosted by Arto Connecto Miami, FL Group
2009 Alumni Exhibition New Hampshire Institute of Art, French Building Gallery Manchester, NH Group
2008 Look6: An Exhibition of Contemporary New Hampshire Artists Peterborough, NH Group
2008 Sixth Annual Minumental New Hampshire Institute of Art, Amherst Street Gallery, Manchester, NH Group
2008 BFA Student Exhibition New Hampshire Institute of Art, French Building Gallery Manchester, NH Group