Born in Bulgaria, Rockford artist Meico Gowan spent part of his childhood in an orphanage not far from the bucolic landscapes where goats graze the hillsides outside the Bulgarian city of Yambol. The memories of these rustic settings are the inspiration for Gowan’s paintings, which are both figurative and abstract images he creates from his impressions of the world around him.
Friday, Aug. 8, new works by this young artist will open in the Kortman Gallery in an exhibition titled “Earth Impressions: Whispers from My Past.” Gowan, who also works in photography, was introduced to painting in college.
“I seem to be fascinated with earthly impressions of the hillsides and landscapes around me,” Gowan said. “In my paintings, I find myself exploring whispers from my past with animals like goats and other memories. Because I am a minimalist, many of my paintings will not necessarily have pictures and images easily recognized; however, they will frequently have earth tones that complement my paintings and fill a need I am trying to express.”
Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery, noted: “Meico is an intriguing, emerging artist new to the Rockford art scene who has studied under the tutorage of Cherri Rittenhouse, professor of art at Rock Valley College. He brings an interesting and fresh artistic perspective with both his paintings and photography.”
The Gowan exhibition, “Earth Impressions: Whispers from My Past,” will be will be on display through Sept. 27. The Aug. 8 opening reception will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. Call (815) 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
From the Aug. 6-12, 2014, issue