Acrylic Abstract Paintings
Dowling’s odyssey began in the ’80s in the traditional darkroom experimenting with multiple exposure photography and hand-colored black and white prints. Once diagnosed with an incurable genetic mutation and forced to walking marathons to grow arteries because his organic arteries were being destroyed, his downtime was put to good use while recovering from this devastating illness. Utilizing his laptop, Dowling spent his time scanning and painting his photographs as a form of art therapy. Dowling is known as a master photographer and has created a tremendous amount of professional portraits including sittings with countless celebrities, models, politicians, as well as “walking portrait” sessions featuring wildlife, nature, as well as once in a century photojournalistic events, and life in general. Later Dowling would superimpose numerous digital paintings, taking the most attractive and interesting portions, to create exquisite works of art.
What makes Dowling’s work so unique is his use of digitally painted abstract layers that cause each viewer to have different perceptions of what they are observing. It is a unique technique that leads viewers to have false affirmations of what they see, as well as challenges to the conscious mind to see what actually exists. The term for this psychological effect is scotomisation. These shapes, patterns, and illusions often lead to the viewer working to find objects in his pieces and to moments when the individual has a “eureka moment” or epiphany.
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