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Thomas Dowling
1980  
   Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Irvine Studio Arts

1980-1982 
   Post Graduate Studies, Art History and Film Studies, University of California, Irvine

2002-2003 
   Post Graduate Studies in Exhibition Design and Writing for the Arts California State University, Fullerton.

1978    
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art, University of California, Santa Barbara

1976    
Associate of Arts, Studio Art, Los Angeles Valley College Magna Cum Laude




These artworks continue the interest I’ve had in geometric abstraction over the past thirty years. I continue to try to create an experience for the viewer that is unique. Building on the rich modernist tradition of reductive formalism, I try to tweak and push the form into something new. My inspiration for these images often comes from my experiences traveling and my observation and engagement with the architecture and art that I see. The titles occasionally reflect the original source of experience. My process of creating is a dialogue. I have “conversations” with art and artists, places, monuments, and literature. These discussions connect me to the ideas and issues of the past and cultures other than my own.




Positano, 2008
 Acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on canvas,  
59x69

Zip
Acrylic on wood, 96 x 1



Roma II, 2008 
Acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on canvas,
56 1/2x 76 1/2

Zip
Acrylic on wood, 96 x 1



Venezia, 2007
Acrylic, latex, charcoal, and graphite on canvas, 
58 1/2x 65



Still Life with Picture Frame,
1990-2008
Acrylic on panel, with vintage frame,
33x33


Mondrian's Escape,  1990-2008 Acrylic and graphite on wood panel,
25x34



Passagiatta #1, 2009  

Acrylic and graphite on panels with Zip: acrylic on wood, 86x17