“Art was always around me... It is a pure form of addiction to me now: I am obsessed with creating."

Thomas Dowdeswell pulls back the curtain on current, controversial issues with surreal political satire, challenging the viewer to confront, digest and empathize with multiple perspectives, both literally and theoretically.

 

The complexity is discernible and at times even daunting, yet Dowdeswell’s works remain decipherable like an unnerving cautionary poem of the end of civilization as we know it. Meanwhile, under the geometrical figures, symbolic color palettes, and explicit imagery, an intellectual voice is always present.

Dowdeswell’s surrealist style creates a dreamscape atmosphere where he deliberately juxtaposes imagery of desperation and opulence, victimization and exploitation, in an attempt to explore the inequality of society through a flurry of abstraction and symbolism. When expressed through structural shapes, the form and energy is reminiscent of Futurist Umberto Boccioni's Elasticity (1912).  But sometimes that flurry takes a complete abstract form, reminding the viewer of Kandinsky’s Compositions (1913), and thus the longing for liberation. Moreover, Dowdeswell’s faceless, indistinguishable figures have an uncanny resemblance to Salvador Dali's  'creature' in The Persistence of Memory (1931) reinforcing the obscure, dreamlike setting and reiterating the inescapable confusion of the human condition. 
 

Education

1998-2002 2.1 Hons in American History, Politics and Literature. University of Wales Swansea

2000-2001 California State University Fullerton

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Red Dot Miami
         FLUX. Chelsea College of Art. 12th to 16th July. 

         Art Expo New York

         Bond Dickinson and Creative Debuts. 4 More London Riverside, London 

         Bond Dickinson and Creative Debuts. Temple Quay, Bristol UK

2016 Battle with the Boys in Blue. Rolls Royce Showroom, Ryebrook, Bristol

         In the Sunshine, we all Cast the Same Shadows Bath, UK

         Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery. 

         Card for the Bard. National Literacy Trust London

         In the Wake of Terror, It's All 2 Much. Bristol

         Parallax Art Fair, London October Edition

         Rotterdam International Art Fair, 9th to 10th September 

         Urban Art. Nude.Tin Gallery. St Albans. 26th January to 8th February

2015 FLUX Exhibition. Royal College of Art. London 10th to 14th December

         Painting Out Loud. The Island. Bristol. 10th to 15th November

         An Evening of Art. The Princes Trust. Bath Assembly Rooms. 8th October

         Moniker Art Fair. The Old Truman Building. London. 15th to 18th October

         Art Chess courtesy of Purling London. Harrods. UK. 15th March to the present
         Debut Contemporary. London. Spring/Summer
         The Other Art Fair. Victoria House London. 23rd-26th April
         The Year of the Bus. Transport for London. Auction 24th March
         SEE Art Fair. Royal Tunbridge Wells. 24th-28th June 2015

2014 The South Galleries. Maidstone. UK.
         Inspiring Art-The Princes Trust. Castle Fine Art. London. 22nd October 
         Books About Town. An auction of literary art pieces. South Bank Centre. London

         1984 Books About Town.  Wild in Art./The National Literacy Trust. Secret location in               London. July to September

         Litteratti! An exhibition using recycled/reused materials. The Trinity Centre. Bristol. August

         Obsession. Love, Ritual, Collection. The Embassy Tea Room. London

         The Other Art Fair. Ambika 3. Marylebone, London. PV 24h April until 27th April

         Scapes. View Gallery. Bristol. UK. 6th March to 27th April 2014
         Altered States. View Gallery. Bristol. UK. PV 21st November 2013 to January

2013 The Princes Trust-An Evening of Art. The Assembly Rooms. Bath. UK. December 5th

         Art and Chess. Boutique Chess pieces with Purling London at Debut Contemporary

         Gromit Unleased Auction. Cribbs Causeway. Bristol. October 3rd

         Gromit Unleashed Collection of Works. RWA-Bristol. UK 18th September 23rd

         Buy Art Fair represented by View Gallery. SpinningFields Manchester

         Gromit Unleashed! Bristol. July 1st-September 7th 

         The Dining Rooms. Bristol. June 2013-August
         First Wednesday. Debut Contemporary P.V. 5th June

         Ka-Boom!  View Art Gallery.  Bristol.  PV January 24th

         First Wednesday. Debut Contemporary. London. PV 6th Feb

2012 Festive Fun. Debut Contemporary. London. December 5th

         The Beginnings of Life. Debut Contemporary. London. 13th October 

         New Art Festival. The Museum of Russian Art. New Jersey. Sept-Oct
         Great British Art and Design. Union. Grantham. Sept-Oct 

         Dreweatts Urban and Contemporary Art Auction. July 

         Kinetics: A Celebration of the Art of Movement-The 2012 Olympic Games. The Glass Room. Colston Hall. Bristol. July

         The Raconteurs Arena. View Gallery. Bristol. May 

         The Battle With The Boys In Blue. The Tobacco Factory. Bristol. Jan 

2011 Art London with Arthur Ackermann Fine Art Dealers. Royal Chelsea Hospital. London

         Order and Chaos. The Alekano Club. London. Oct

         The Bloomsbury Art Fair-in association with Arthur Ackermann Fine Art Dealers. 

         Avery’s Wine Cellars. Bristol. June 2011-present.

2010 Bordeaux Quay. Bristol. 2010-2012

         Art London with Arthur Ackermann Fine Art Dealers. Royal Chelsea Hospital. London.

         Malvern Theatres. Malvern. Worcestershire. Sep/Oct

         Naked Truths. View Gallery. Bristol. Aug/Sep

         Op Art and its Influence. The Lloyd Gill Gallery. Weston-Super-Mare. June

 

Publications

2017 Art Arena Magazine. New York. Global Visions. Spring

         State Magazine. Winter/Spring

2015 The Londonist. Five Artists not to miss at The Other Art Fair. 8th April 2015.                             http://londonist.com/2015/04/5-artists-not-to-miss-at-the-other-art-fair.php

         Aesthetica Magazine. December to January 2014/2015

2014 London Metro. December. 

         BBC Russia. Interview for Books About Town.                                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/5floor 

         Piaui_91. Brazil. May 2014.

2013 The Guardian. 20th November.                                                                                               

         ITV West Country. June 21st 2013. http://vimeo.com/68784112

         FAD. Interview. January 2013

2012 Quintessentially. Winter 

2011 Art of England. November 

         Timeout. London. July

         Venue. Bristol. June 

THOMAS W DOWDESWELL

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