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EXHIBIT PREVIEW: Jack Dowd’s 27

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Jack Dowd's "Jim Morrison" (detail)

Live Fast, Die Young,
Become a Beautiful Painting
Sarasota-based painter and sculptor Jack Dowd sheds light on the human condition through his sculptures of artists, celebrities and offbeat characters. That said, his two-dimensional work has its own kind of depth. Later this month, Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design will showcase Dowd's latest series of large-scale paintings—a series the artist calls, “The 27 Club.” The members of this club? Musicians and artists who lived fast and died young—at the age of 27. Dowd’s exclusive club of lives cut short includes Jean Michael Basquiat, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Alan Wilson and Amy Winehouse.

Dowd creates a deliberate tension between image and true personality in his portraits of these legends. These no-long-living idols confront you with direct, penetrating gazes. Dowd’s style evokes the boldness of album cover illustration—iconic, but offering subtle variations of brush stroke and color scheme evoking each figure’s personality. We remember the icon; the person is gone—a casualty of their iconic status. The exhibition will juxtapose Dowd’s paintings of these fallen stars with stories and songs from the times they lived in. The musicians may be gone, but the music lives on.

Jack Dowd's 27. Opening reception: Friday, June 28, 5-7 p.m., featuring a tribute performance by The 27 Band. The exhibition continues through Aug. 2, at Selby Gallery at The Ringling College of Art and Design. For more information, call 359-7563.

Photography: Giovanni Lunardi.

Giclée reproduction: Miguel Figueras of Artfinity.

Slideshow: Jack Dowd's 27

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Jack Dowd's 27.
June 28 through Aug. 2 at Selby Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design; 359-7563; Selby Gallery
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