“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.
1998-2002 2.1 Hons in American History, Politics and Literature. University of Wales Swansea
2000-2001 California State University Fullerton
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
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.
Aesthetica Magazine. December to January 2014/2015
2014 London Metro. December.
BBC Russia. Interview for Books About Town.
Piaui_91. Brazil. May 2014.
2013 The Guardian. 20th November.
ITV West Country. June 21st 2013.
FAD. Interview. January 2013
2012 Quintessentially. Winter
2011 Art of England. November
Timeout. London. July
Venue. Bristol. June
THOMAS W DOWDESWELL