On Friday, August 8th, new works by artist, Meico Gowan, will open in
the Kortman Gallery in an exhibition titled “Earth Impressions: Whispers
from My Past.”
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 that are both figurative and abstract images he creates from his impressions of the world around him.
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, says Gowan. “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.”
“Meico is an intriguing, emerging artist new to the Rockford art scene who has studied under the tutorage of artist/teacher Leslie Arbetman at Roosevelt and Cherri Rittenhouse, professor of art at Rock Valley College,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery. “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 September 27th.The August 8th opening reception will be from 5:30 to 9pm.The Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.