Dean McDowell

Ireland 1972


Dean McDowell
Dean McDowell
January 8, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Dean McDowell is a Northern Irish artist known for his disturbing, surreal portraits of beautiful women who show unnerving emotion. Influenced by everything from the Renaissance to the comics and contemporary art movements in the United States he has developed an expressive style to transmit his character’s emotional state.

Art by Dean McDowell

Dean McDowell - Sorrows Beating Heart (Left) / The Unnatural Born (Right)
Dean McDowell – Sorrows Beating Heart (Left) / The Unnatural Born (Right)

Eyes red from crying, faces bruised and bloodied, sensual lips with smeared lipstick and particular facial expressions depict emotional and expressive scenes of his portraits with heavy symbolism and vibrant colors. Each subject is wrought with a physical vulnerability that evoke strong and specific reactions from viewer. By creating an atmosphere of emotion typified by bold expression of color and light the artist leaves the observer to question the story of the subject. His distinct style is characterised by deep base of fleshy, thick textures and layered brush strokes.

Art by Dean McDowell

An Autumn Shimmer (Left) / Misery Loves Company (Right)
Dean McDowell – An Autumn Shimmer (Left) / Misery Loves Company (Right)

Born in 1972 in Gransha, a small town land near the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland, he earned a degree with honors in graphic design. After the career within the graphics industry Dean decided to move into the field of fine art. He has participated in many exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe in such galleries as Gristle Art Gallery, New York; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Rotofugi Gallery, California; Bash Contemporary, San Francisco; Tangent Gallery, Detroit; View Gallery, Bristol; Rouges Gallery, Belfast, to name a few.

He is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, the Queensland-located gallery launched in 2008.

Art by Dean McDowell

Disconnected (Left) / Transition (Right) - new works
Dean McDowell – Disconnected (Left) / Transition (Right)

Dean McDowell lives and works County Down, Northern Ireland.

All images courtesy © Dean McDowell and 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015InteriorsGristle Art Gallery, New York, US
2015Peachy DublinTemple Bar Gallery, Dublin, IRE
2015The Nightmare In Wonderland ProjectRotofugi Gallery, California, US
2015Myth, Magic & LoreBash Contemporary, San Francisco, US
2014The Damned Detroit Tangent Gallery, Detroit, US
2014Indelible Alexi Era Gallery, St Louis, US
2013Social Deformity View Gallery, Bristol, UK
2013Sexy Bastards and a Lady423 West Gallery, California, US
2013Art for AwarenessThink Space Gallery, California, US
2012Cutter Quitter QuickerRothick Art Haus Anaheim, California, US
2012Food FightLa Catedral Studios, Dublin, IRE
2012Oceanic Awareness CollaborationWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, US
2010Twilight JourneysThe Alternative Café, Seaside, California, US
2009DementionsEclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, California, US
2009This Is The EndThe Alternative Café, Seaside, California, US
2009All You Can EatBunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, California, US
2009Fierce FashionEclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, California, US
2008Royal Ulster AcademyTitanic Drawing Offices, Belfast, UK
2008Darkly ScreamingRouges Gallery, Belfast, UK
2008Identity TheftGuildford Art Centre, California, US
2008Bog StandardRogues Gallery, Belfast, UK
2008Attack Of The ‘B’ Movie ArtShowSpace Gallery, San Francisco, US
2007EmotionsDown Arts Centre, Downpatrick, UK