Abstract Earth Gallery

SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper

Priscilla Fowler

Artist's Statement  ::
A contemporary painter whom I met speaks of great paintings having a strong element of mystery: there is always more for a viewer to look at and for. It is this element of mystery I strive for in my own work. The unpredictable flow of transparent liquid on paper, and the arbitrary intensification of color where the liquid pools on the paper when it buckles from dampness, combine to produce complex and intriguing images—images full of mystery that seduce viewers and draw them closely into the works.

My approach to painting minimizes the use of brushes and leverages the liquidity of water-based paint and paint combinations (e.g., one color or some ink dropped onto a pool of another color or into wet areas on paper) to create unpredictable colors and organic imagery. Thus the essential nature of paint with its color, flow and dynamism is demonstrated, which is a source of excitement and inspiration for me as an artist.

Often the goals of watermedia painting are control and detail, and in fact, I began the work I am now doing to counter my own tendency (in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and printmaking) to tighten up my work and control every square inch. Now, besides thoroughly enjoying myself, one of my goals in this work is to demonstrate the viability of paint (and especially watermedia) as an exciting medium for contemporary art and one that is still most worthy of continued exploration.

Pieces by Priscilla Fowler :

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Biography  ::

Selected Exhibitions:  ::
Current and Recent Exhibitions

February Group Show, Sliding Door Gallery, Denver, CO, Feb 3 – 27, 2005
Pirate Juried Show, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO, September 9-25, 2005
Mississippi Studios Group Show One 2005, Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR, August-September 2005
Watermedia International XIV, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, August 19-October 14, 2005
Alpan International 2005, Alpan Gallery, Huntington (Long Island), NY, September 2005

Solo Exhibitions

Priscilla Fowler: Paintings, Joan R. Duncan South Gallery, Koelbel Main Library, Centennial, CO, February 2005
Featured Artist of the Month, Cañon Framing, Cañon City, CO, 2004
Selected Group Exhibitions
Mirrors and Windows, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, May 2005
Colorado Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO, 2004
People at Work (Priscilla Fowler)/Foundation Course: Nature Reduced (Ellen Slupe), Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA, 2001
Convergence, Mountaintop Art Gallery, Cresson, PA, 2001

Selected Juried Exhibitions

20"x20"x20": A National Compact Competition 2005, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, April-May 2005
Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO, 2004
21st Annual All Colorado Exhibition, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO, 2004
Englewood National Arts Exhibition, Englewood, CO, 2004
Summer International Exhibition, 1000wallsgallery.com, 2004
Own Your Own Exhibition, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO, 2004, 2005
Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts Regional Exhibition, New Castle, PA, 2000
Pittsburgh Society of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, 1998


Sliding Door Gallery (Artists’ Cooperative), Denver, CO
Abstract Earth Gallery (on-line), Columbus, OH


BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Summa Cum Laude, 2001
Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998-1999
BA, Drew University, 1966 Workshops
Large Format Watercolor: Submersions and Excavations, Michael Crespo, Anderson Ranch, 2005

Awards and Honors

Colorado Featured Artist for December 2005 on artistsregister.com monthly newsletter (artistsregister.com/blog)
Honorable Mention, 20"x20"x20": A National Compact Competition 2005, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Honorable Mention, 21st Annual All Colorado Exhibition, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO, 2004
Ralph Reynolds Painting Emphasis Memorial Scholarship Award, 2001
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2001
Undergraduate Research Grant (Studio Art), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Transfer Scholarship, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998-1999

Professional Memberships

Society of Layerists in Multi-Media
Denver Art Students League
Sangres Art Guild
College Art Association