Next week in Long Island’s lush and upscale Southampton, Dix Hills resident John Dowling will attend the second annual Hamptons Fine Art Fair – a high-end art event created for passionate collectors and investors who runs July 14-17 – with its highly in-demand masterpieces of one-of-a-kind illusionist and abstract artwork that is set to fetch tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars each from discerning collectors.
But while his newfound success and adulation as an artist are wonderfully fulfilling to him, they also represent the culmination of a relentless journey – which nearly cost Dowling his life – that has seen him reinvent himself and evolve to several times along the way.
Rick Friedman – founder and executive director of Hamptons Fine Art Fair – is known for being incredibly picky about who he lends his endorsements to; however, to illustrate the high regard Dowling commands in artistic circles, Friedman expressed that he was particularly enamored with Dowling’s work, referring to him as a “master” of his unique style.
“Mother Nature” by John Dowling. $189,000 42″ x 58.6″ abstract photographic montage on metallic canvas with Spanish gilt antique wood frame.
“He’s a master colorist, whose abstractions are inviting, alluring and playful yet energetic and invigorating,” he said. “These powerful pieces are definitely holding up the wall.”
Dowling, a former fitness model turned photographer, first embarked on the creative path in the 1980s, when he began experimenting with multiple exposure photography and hand-colored black-and-white prints. hand. He quickly became a much in demand photographer, but it was only by a cruel twist of fate – when he was unfortunately diagnosed with an incurable genetic mutation – that he was led to become a renowned and highly fashionable photographer. . -full-fledged artist application.
Dowling noted that her uphill battle to reclaim her health and well-being was, in a roundabout way, one of the main contributing factors to her current artistic success.
Lunatic Hitchhiker by John Dowling. $469,000 42″ x 58.6″ abstract photographic mount on metallic canvas with antique Spanish gold wood frame. Mounted and double matted with white/gold.
“I had to reinvent myself many times because of my limitations,” he said. “In 2018, I had three surgeries at St. Francis Hospital…it took me years to recover and I was in so much pain that I really couldn’t do anything at that time. But while I was going through rehabilitation and taking very strong painkillers, I found refuge in painting. It was art therapy for me, and it helped me escape pain, limitations and to the loneliness of walking daily marathons to develop new arteries where mine failed due to this genetic mutation.
Dowling spent her time recovering from her many medical procedures by scanning and painting her photographs as a form of art therapy; later, when visiting friends noticed how surprised they were by his work, Dowling realized he was onto something very tangible and decided to continue pursuing this fulfilling new venture.
Dowling has been recognized as an incredibly talented and in-demand artist, attracting the attention of a plethora of celebrities over the years, including Muhammad Ali, Tina Louise, Patti Duke, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, Hulk Hogan and many more. others.
Abstract artist John Dowling.
Demand for Dowling’s work grew exponentially; today, editions of his work are usually priced around $10,000, and masters – along with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and distribution rights – are worth well over $150,000 each, if not more. .
Dowling noted that the appeal of his artwork is due to the layers it contains; he describes his style as containing “secrets within mysteries within secrets”, meaning that the meaning of each piece can change depending on the eye of the beholder; each spectator has different perceptions of what he observes. It’s a unique technique that leads viewers to have false claims of what they’re seeing, as well as challenging the conscious mind to see what really exists. The term for this psychological effect is scotomization, and these shapes, patterns, and illusions often lead the viewer to look for objects in their pieces and instances where the individual is having a “eureka moment” or epiphany.
Over time, Dowling opened up his artistic perspective, collaborating with a number of other creators around the world – from places as diverse as Dubai to Bulgaria – and combining their works with his own, shaping works of Totally unique and diverse art that appeals to the soul of the viewer.
He has also become a strong advocate for the value of investing in art, especially when it comes to works produced by up-and-coming creators.
“No Parking” by John Dowling. $249,000 42″ x 58.6″ abstract photographic montage on metal canvas with contemporary black wood frame.
“It is important to invest and acquire artists who have just been on the radar of galleries and elite collectors, because it is still good business at the time,” he said. . “Look at Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann, his pieces first sold for hundreds of dollars, but more recently he has sold two pieces for tens of millions. Each collector of his original work has made thousands of multiples in This same opportunity may exist with my masterpieces today.
But Dowling’s path to becoming a top – and extraordinarily in-demand – artist has seen him be a featured designer at this year’s Hamptons Fine Art Fair, which runs July 14-17 in Southhampton, where his works should fetch impressive sums from the many collectors present.
Dowling expressed his gratitude for his new artistic career, describing it as a “miracle” and attributing it to a higher power watching over him.
“Abstract Seduction” by John Dowling. $39,950 42″ x 58.6″ abstract photographic mount on museum quality metallic archival paper with wood frame.
“Art has really served as a spiritual awakening for me. It’s something bigger than me…it’s beyond me, it’s a miracle,” he said. “People treat me like I’m some kind of scholar, a creative genius, but even though I feel like I’ve always had those skills, I’ve never pushed my digital abstractions this far before. C It’s something I’m very grateful to have discovered, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.