Upcoming: “Approaching Abstraction” at the LaSalle University Art Museum

One of my pieces, “Dream Cleansing,”  will be included in LaSalle University’s upcoming exhibition. See details below.

Dream Cleansing, IRIS print on lithograph, 1989


Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection
March 15, 2016 – June 15, 2017

Poetry reading by Yolanda Wisher, April 6 at 12:30

Special Exhibitions Gallery
Lower Level, Olney Hall

Open through August: “Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloft”

Open NOW, Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloft
An exhibition of John Dowell’s photographs of Rittenhouse Square
at the Griesing Law office, Suite 3630, 1717 Arch Street (Three Logan Square), Philadelphia
The exhibition can be viewed Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5pm,
and at other times by appointment. Open through August, 2016.
For more information or to arrange a personal tour of the work,
contact John Dowell at tel: 215-715-2170 or dowel@pipeline.com


“Home is Where” Juried Exhibition


[A Juried Exhibition]

Exhibit Dates: July 11 – Sept 10, 2016
Opening Reception: July 17, 4-6pm.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday: 10am-4pm
West Windsor Arts Council: West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Rd., West Windsor, NJ 08550

This spring and summer the multi-disciplinary arts programs of the West Windsor Arts Council will explore the concept of “Home” via visual and literary arts.  West Windsor Art Council, located in the beautiful historic Princeton Junction Firehouse is pleased to offer artists the opportunity to submit work for the “Home Is Where…”, exhibit opening on July 11, 2016.

The focus of the exhibition is to present a visual expression of the artists’ concept of home, which could be anything from a physical space to an abstract emotion.  This juried exhibition hopes to broaden the perception of what one considers home, by featuring artists’ diverse interpretations on the subject.   Works featured in this exhibition will present a thought-provoking, transformational, joyful or perhaps melancholy exploration of a subject that dominates the human psyche, opening ourselves to the diversity of “home”, and possibly leading us to discover something unexpected that we have in common.

JUROR:  Dejáy B. Duckett, Associate Director and Associate Curator of the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia Cityscapes, by John Dowell artist photographer
Another View, Independence Hall
34″ x 27,” Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, 2014

30th Street Station Reflections
34″ x 27,” Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, 2007

Reception of “Utah: Humbled by the Presence of Time”

 unnamed Dance, Theater, Music, Ceramics, Visual Arts, Events and more.

Utah: Humbled by the Presence of Time
May 13 – June 4, 2016
Gallery Hours: M – F, 10am – 5pm
Free and open to the public
Internationally recognized and Philadelphia-based artist John Dowell will be showing some very unique, never-before-seen large scale photographs that are sure to stop you in your tracks.

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser:
May 21, 2016, from 7 – 9:00pm – $25 per person.
Proceeds go directly to support our gallery exhibition program.

Purchase your tickets online for this event

Saturday Night Gallery Cocktail Receptions

Support Allens Lane Art Center as a cornerstone of our artistic community and enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in our gallery and lounge while you view the exhibitions and meet the artist. These cocktail receptions help keep our gallery program free and open to the public.

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Opening Reception of “Rittenhouse – A View Aloft”

It was a pleasure seeing the many fine folks of Philadelphia at the reception of my solo exhibition, Rittenhouse Square – A View Aloft on the evening of April 28th. I wanted to share some of the images from the reception.

The exhibition will continue through to the end of August, at Griesing Law 1717 Arch St. Suite 3630, Monday to Friday 9 to 5 PM. Please call the office to make an appointment: 215-618-3720, or call me for a personal tour: 215-715-2170.
Please contact me, the artist, for information about purchasing a work. It’s tax deductible if you hang it in your office!

Interview with Aubrey Nagle of the PhillyVoice

Five for Friday: Photographer John Dowell

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Artist John Dowell takes photography to new heights — literally. The Philly native has created splendid images for four decades and his works have been featured in exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.

Dowell’s latest exhibit is a compendium of images he’s made of Rittenhouse Square, the city gathering place with a long and storied history, from high above. His lens gives a bird’s eye view of the park, revealing more than just the games of catch and tranquil conversations happening below. The exhibit, “Rittenhouse Square: A View Aloft,” is on display at Griesing Law, LLC until Aug. 31.

Before the show’s private artists’ reception April 28, we caught up with Dowell to chat about where he’s aiming his lens next.

What is it about Rittenhouse Square that fascinates you as a subject?

I have spent years exploring techniques that capture depth- of-space. In Rittenhouse Square, observing from above and through the seasons gave me entirely different perspectives to reveal.

The park is a meeting place for people to engage in conversation on a bench, hang out on the grass for a picnic, kids to play, dogs to fetch, simply just walk through for a break from the hustle and bustle, or to enjoy a nearby café. From above trees in full bloom created a canopy to frame the interactions below. The changing of the seasons left the trees bare revealing more details of human interactions and interesting shapes created by grassy areas in contrast to cement walkways and statues. Natural light created glittering windows and translucent shadows.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve seen through your lens, looking at Rittenhouse?

Discovering the extraordinary images of reflections in antique glass of the buildings in the square. When the light reflects on the windows of surrounding buildings you can see unusual images that create textural abstractions. Photographing through the layers of tree branches captures the light and enhances depth-of-space.

Much of your photography work places you very high up, with almost a bird’s eye view. What do you like about that point of view, artistically?

The audience normally experiences the world at ground level. Some are fortunate to have access to elevated apartments or offices. I see the natural light creating a dramatic view at dusk, when the level of both interior and exterior illuminations are equal.

Is there another spot in Philadelphia – or in the world – that you’d like to focus a similar project on in the future? If so, where and why?

Based on accessibility, there are some areas of Philadelphia I would love to explore. If anyone reading has an interesting view from an elevated location I would be open to taking a look.

What new projects are you currently working on?

I will be photographing from Griesing Law offices located on the 36th floor of 1717 Arch Street. Through the floor to ceiling, windows there are clear views north and east in the city.

Influenced by my project in Rittenhouse Square, I am now shooting in Manhattan specifically in Midtown and Harlem. Extraordinary views and visual stories of human interaction is what I want to capture. I’m also working on a series in Georgia and Virginia about cotton growing from individual plants into sprawling fields in bloom.

“Rittenhouse Square: A View Aloft” is open now through August 31, Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Griesing Law, 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630. Anyone can attend for free by appointment by contacting Griesing Law at griesinglaw.com.