Dave Macdowell’s work deftly combines satire, irreverence, and seething wit. A self-taught artist, MacDowell combines cultural references with the Magnetism of the “dark hook”, creating unexpected plays on pop that inject the familiar with blistering hyperboles. Seeking to unveil the feared and the reviled, while expertly weaving critical commentary with hilarity, MacDowell’s work is an effective combination of complicity and critique. Appropriately in keeping with the movement, MacDowell’s pieces combine a pop surrealist aesthetic with deliberate references that gleans and transforms the known into powerful generational odes to discontent and dystopian irony. Abound with criticism and an acerbic wit, unearthing the nightmares that lurk just beneath the veneer of celebrity culture, his work fearlessly taunts the obsequiousness of our cultures iconographies, creating unexpected inversions and re-combinations that gently tug at its unraveling strings.

MacDowell’s technical execution is highly detailed and seductive, contributing to the hallucinatory pleasure and draw of the work. In keeping with the tendency of the genre, the more highly refined the execution, the more effective the irreverence of the content, and this certainly is the case with MacDowell’s paintings.The work is at times controversial and unsettling, but seems to combine contention and dissent with pleasure and whimsy. Highly accomplished at figuration and color, the artist’s work effectively conveys the vision of its hyperreality. The technicolor nightmares MacDowell offers up are at times so densely populated with imagery that they feel bottomless, like the contemporary equivalent of a Hieronymus Bosch Medieval nightmare, and at other times are sparse and perfectly simple. Each piece imparts the suggestion of narrative, and reveals a story or core idea, however obliquely, that has motivated its juxtapositions and hooks. Disturbing, lascivious, and funny, each work is acuminate in its own abrupt revelations.

Current and Previous Works by David MacDowell

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  • “Miseryland”

    (2010)
    $1,200
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm

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    • Picks Of The Harvest: Art Walk 2010
  • “Snortin’ Whiskey – Drinkin’ Cocaine”

    (2010)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 30"
    61 × 76 cm

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    • Beyond Eden Art Fair
    • Picks Of The Harvest: Art Walk 2010
  • “The Wrath Of Veruca”

    (2010)
    $1,500
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Size in custom frame by Apricot Mantle 42x35 inches
    30" × 24"
    76 × 61 cm

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    • Picks Of The Harvest: Art Walk 2010
  • “The Art Of War”

    (2011)
    $800
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    Acrylic on canvas
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

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    • LAX/PDX
  • “The Wizard Coz”

    (2015)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • LAX / DTW – Curated show at Inner State Gallery (Detroit, MI)
    • LA Art Show 2015 – ‘Littletopia’
  • “Fire It Up”

    (2014)
    $350
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    Acrylic on wood panel
    6" × 6"
    15 × 15 cm

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    • AQUA 2014
  • “American Cracker”

    (2010)
    $900
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    Acrylic on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • with featured artist Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez
  • “Born Free”

    (2009)
    $600
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Elephant
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • 20% of all sales go to Born Free USA
  • “Superman’s Dead”

    (2012)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • Picks of the Harvest 2012
  • “Free To Be You And Me”

    (2010)
    $1,500
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    30" × 40"
    76 × 102 cm

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    • Tis The Season…
  • “Sour Times”

    (2011)
    $1,900
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    Acrylic on canvas
    36" × 24"
    91 × 61 cm

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    • Impetus
  • “Bad Mutha Eraserhead”

    (2010)
    $900
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    Acrylic on canvas
    20" × 24"
    51 × 61 cm

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    • Picks Of The Harvest: Art Walk 2010
  • “Another Perfect Day”

    (2010)
    $1,800
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    36" × 24"
    91 × 61 cm

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    • Adam Caldwell, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, David MacDowell, Derek Gores, Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff Ramirez, Liz Brizzi, Pakayla Rae Biehn, and Stella Im Hultberg
  • “Fill The Void”

    (2012)
    $2,700
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    Acrylic on canvas
    (framed)
    30" × 40"
    76 × 102 cm

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    • Project Mayhem (Main)
  • “Frosted Cocaine”

    (2012)
    $1,800
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    Acrylic on canvas
    (framed)
    24" × 30"
    61 × 76 cm

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    • Project Mayhem (Main)
  • “Breakfast In America”

    (2015)
    $1,800
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Thinkspace Gallery
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • 20 Years Under The Influence Of Juxtapoz
  • “Schools Out”

    (2012)
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    Acrylic on canvas
    (framed)
    24" × 30"
    61 × 76 cm

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    • Project Mayhem (Main)
  • “HYPE”

    (2012)
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    Acrylic on canvas
    (framed)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • Project Mayhem (Main)
  • “Buzz Lebowski”

    (2013)
    $600
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    Acrylic on wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2013 / BOOTH E15
  • “Bulletproof”

    (2015)
    $500
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    Acrylic on wood panel
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

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    • ‘La Familia’ – Thinkspace 10th Anniversary Show
  • “Sexual Chocolate”

    (2012)
    $2,700
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    Acrylic on canvas
    (framed)
    30" × 40"
    76 × 102 cm

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    • Project Mayhem (Main)
  • “Abide”

    (2011)
    $2,600
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    30" × 40"
    76 × 102 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “Blood Thirsty Savages”

    (2011)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar)”

    (2011)
    $1,200
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    24" × 18"
    61 × 46 cm

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    • Picks Of The Harvest: Culver City Art Walk 2011
  • “Feed The Children”

    (2008)
    $450
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    Acrylic on canvas
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm
  • “Charlie Sheen ‘Winning’”

    (2011)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “Bunny Business”

    (2008)
    $600
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 20"
    61 × 51 cm
  • “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

    (2011)
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “Night Of The Hunter”

    (2008)
    $900
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm
  • “Bad Mutha Wizard”

    (2008)
    $500
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    Acrylic on canvas
    14" × 18"
    36 × 46 cm

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    • Looking Glass
  • “The Critical Mass”

    (2008)
    $650
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “For The Birds”

    (2008)
    $550
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 20"
    61 × 51 cm
  • “Where The Boys Are”

    (2011)
    $1,200
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “GoGo Van gogh”

    (2012)
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • Affordable Art Fair
  • “Divine The Red Queen”

    (2014)
    $1,000
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    Acylic and clay on clayboard and wood panel
    14" × 14"
    36 × 36 cm

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    • LAX/SFO – Curated show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, CA
  • “The Decline Of Western Civilization”

    (2012)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Beaver
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • with Born Free USA Co-curated by Amanda Erlanson and Andrew Hosner
  • “Abide In Wonderland”

    (2012)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • Synergy
  • “The Vengeance Of Luke Chueh”

    (2011)
    $1,200
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “Never Grow Up 2”

    (2012)
    $1,700
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm

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    • Synergy
  • “Alice in Wonderland”

    (2014)
    $2,600
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    Acrylic on canvas
    30" × 40"
    76 × 102 cm

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    • LA Art Show 2015 – ‘Littletopia’
  • “Beating The Meat Market”

    (2011)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • Lowbrow Love Letter
  • “Passion Of The Crunch”

    (2011)
    $1,900
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 36"
    61 × 91 cm

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    • Beyond Eden Art Fair 2011
  • “Love Conquers All”

    (2013)
    $1,100
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    Acrylic on canvas
    Framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • LAX / PHL
  • “Wake Up To Dream”

    (2009)
    $1,100
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    40" × 30"
    102 × 76 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “Menace 2 Sobriety”

    (2009)
    $700
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “One Bad Apple”

    (2009)
    $500
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    14" × 18"
    36 × 46 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “Parents Just Don’t Understand”

    (2009)
    $600
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “The Enchanted Mental Hospital”

    (2009)
    $700
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “The Samuel Jackson 5”

    (2009)
    $750
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    Acrylic on canvas
    20" × 24"
    51 × 61 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “Frustrated Incorporated”

    (2010)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    36" × 24"
    91 × 61 cm

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    • Beyond Eden Art Fair
  • “Jack (Impasto)”

    (2009)
    $600
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “Jaws Of Metal”

    (2009)
    $750
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    Acrylic on canvas
    20" × 24"
    51 × 61 cm

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    • The Sins Of Atticus Finch
  • “CanYouHearMeNow?”

    (2015)
    $1,400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

    Shows:

    • LAX / DTW – Curated show at Inner State Gallery (Detroit, MI)
    • LA Art Show 2015 – ‘Littletopia’