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Gordon Fowler: Texas, An Abstract Landscape

For this show, Fowler returns to the landscape of his youth in the hills of Austin, Texas. He revisits ‘the Whiskey Tree’ that was his pirate ship and home base for adventures as well as where moonshiners hid whiskey for his grandfather during Prohibition. He explores ‘Little Bee Creek’ that runs below on its way to Lake Austin. Fowler describes the Texas landscape as “a hardscrabble, difficult landscape with a myriad of abstract possibilities for painting. Mostly, the forms aren’t simple shapes. This makes painting more exciting but also more challenging. I’ll keep painting this beautiful landscape as long as we both last.”

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Texas State park system, Fowler was chosen to paint Honey Creek in Mason County for their upcoming Art of Texas Parks 2023 traveling exhibition. This tributary of the Llano River inspired multiple additional paintings that are included in Texas: An Abstract Landscape.

posted on 4/6/2022