Our featured artist for October is the one and only, Jack Fowler. Jack’s bold, colorful landscapes call to attention the natural beauty of the Midwest and Southwest. We’re honored to host his work in our gallery, it will be on display through the end of the month.
For more insight about Jack’s work and process, read on!
What was the inspiration for your latest body of work?
Spending a week out west in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and the panhandle of Oklahoma.
What is your process for developing a body of work?
I try to imagine what I want it to look like, then I just start painting. I don’t sketch anything out first or map it. I just sort of…start. Lately, I’ve re-painted entire pieces from top to bottom in an effort to get the colors right, so maybe this isn’t the best process.
What artist(s) influence your style the most?
Eyvind Earle, Dorothea Lange, Andy Warhol, OP t-shirts, Bo Jackson.
When did you first know you wanted to make art?
I can’t remember not being an artist. I constantly drew as a kid, made my mom’s background sets for her music programs, made snow sculptures in the winter, etc. I knew I wanted to do it professionally since February 21 of 2011, when I had my first art show. I quit my job as an elementary school teacher three months later.
What are you currently reading/listening to/looking at that fuels your inspiration?
What is your favorite aspect of the OKC arts community?
The accessibility of it. Usually, if I want to do something, all I have to do is ask.
What do you want your work to impart to your viewers?
These days, I want my work to be so beautiful that it transports the viewer to a place where they start unconsciously reaching for their wallet.
To see more of Jack’s work, be sure to follow him on Instagram at @jackfowlerart.