Bobby Dowler

Born in 1983, in London, United-Kingdom.
Lives and works between London, Berlin, Athens and Paris.

Foundation in Art and Design, Camberwell College, London, United-Kingdom
(semester) Fine Art and Film Production, Erasmus Exchange, (FH Salzburg), Salzburg
University of Applied Sciences , Salzburg, Austria
BA (Hons) Film Studies, University of the Arts, London, Southampton Institute, Southampton, Hampshire

Artist residencies
Kunstverein fAN , invité par Ute Burkhardt, Vienne, Autriche
La Sira Residency , invité par Anatole Maggiar, Asni è res-sur-Seine, France
Villa Lena Foundation , invité par Lena Evstafieva, Tuscane, Italie
Bobby Dowler collects second-hand paintings and wood-stretcher-frame-devices. He deconstructs the paintings with his hands, tools and utilises paint, staples and glue, in order to create entirely new, mutated ‘painting-objects’. He describes his work as “ ongoing experiential-research-process”. Each painting-on-canvas is separated from its original structure and consequently re-worked, built up and broken down. Various cutting and painterly techniques are employed throughout. Finally, after a protracted struggle, something unexpected happens and this gives the artist an intuitive idea as to what needs to be done in order to guide a work towards its final completion.

Bobby Dowler studied Film Studies in Hampshire, England and Fine Art in Salzburg, Austria and in London, England. His work has been included in several group exhibitions in Europe and America; Bold Tendencies, London, UK, 2007, 2008 and 2009; New Art Center, Roche Court, Hampshire, UK, 2009 and 2010; Galerie Chez Mohammed, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017 and 2019; Shoot the Lobster, NYC, New York, USA, 2013; Fokidos, Athens, GR, 2013. He co-founded Lynhurst Way exhibitions in his then home in 2006 which Hannah Barry Gallery in 2008 and Bold Tendencies in 2007 both grew out from in Peckham, South-East London, England. He co-founded Fokidos in Athens, Greece in 2012. He has co-organised many large group exhibitions in art galleries in several different cities including London, New York City, Paris, Athens and St.Moritz. Among many others, his work is collected by Anthony d’Offay, UK; Lord Peter Palumbo (Baron Palumbo), UK; Ernesto Esposito, Italy; Villa Lena Foundation, Italy; The collective, UK.

Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘I will find one’ , Galeria Alegria, Madrid, Spain, 2018; ‘The Work: A Question of Form and Necessity’ curated by Mike Watson, Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea, Napoli, IT, 2016; ‘All thought is in signs’ , Kunstverein, fAN, Vienna, Austria,2016; ‘HookingOn’, HannahBarryGallery,London,UK,2015; ‘Painting-Objects’ , MAD Agency (Anatole Maggiar), Paris, FR, 2015. For his first group exhibition at Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière, curator Léa Chauvel Lévy has chosen a work of Bobby Dowler to be shown in Le Grand Détournement .
Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Le grand détournement , Paris
June 27 - August 03, 2019

Solo shows

I will find one, Galería Alegría , Madrid, Spain

Something must happen, Sometimes It Happens, curated by Humberto Poblete-Bustamante, Studio Humberto Poblete-Bustamante, London, UK

All thought is in signs, curated by Ute Burkhardt, Kunstverein fAN , Vienna, Austria
L'œuvre: a question of form and necessity, curated by Mike Watson, Dino Morra Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy

Hooking on, Hannah Barry Gallery , London, UK
Painting-Objects, 104 Avenue Kléber, organised by Anatole Maggiar, MAD Agency , Paris, France

Odd Paintings, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, London, United Kingdom

Catastrophe, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, London, United Kingdom
Many Worlds, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, London, United Kingdom

Group shows

Le Grand Détournement, curated by Léa Chauvel Lévy, Galerie Ceysson & Bénéti è re , Paris, France
Quiet Days, (artist and curator), LE 31 , Paris, France with text by Mike Watson
Feria ARCO, Galería Alegría, Madrid, Spain
Frontón méxico, Material art fair, Galerie Chez Mohammed , Mexico city, Mexico (Hennessy Prize for best booth)

fAN Archive, Project concept and design by Herwig Müller/ Markus Bodenwinkler & Ute Burkhardt, Kunstverein fAN , Parallel Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Group show, 41/42, Project by Christopher Green, Thameside Studios , London, UK
Testing 1-2, Unit 3 Projects , London, UK
For One Night Only, Institute of Art and Research , Asnieres-sur-seine, France Tiny Paintings for Tall People, Galerie Chez Mohammed , Taroudant, Morocco

Soirée, Fiery Friary, , Project by Shaun McDowell, London, UK
You see me like a UFO,, Marcelle Joseph Projects , Berkshire, UK
The Collective,, Workspace Gallery , Gateshead, UK
Torre Latino,, Galerie Chez Mohammed off-site project, Mexico City, Mexico Macho Alfa, Galerie Chez Mohammed,, Material Art Fair, Mexico city, Mexico

Macho Alfa, Galerie Chez Mohammed , Asnieres-Sur-Seine, France
6 ANS LA SIRA, MAD Agency , Asnieres-Sur-Seine, France
Pink Density, curated by Humberto Poblete-Bustamante, Clovis XV , Brussels, Belgium Art 16, Villa Lena Foundation , London, UK
Glorious Abandon, curated by Shaun McDowell, Dynamite Projects , Redhill, Surrey, UK
All the best/yours sincerely: Radical Positions in London Painting Today, curated by Humberto Poblete-Bustamante, Galeria Alegria , Madrid, Spain
What we all lack, Hannah Barry Gallery , London, UK

Architecture of Enjoyment part 2, curated by Marcelle Joseph Projects , Horatio Junior, London, UK
Painting-Objects, 104 Avenue Kléber, organised by Anatole Maggiar, MAD Agency , Paris, France Confuses Paroles, curated by Kate Hiley, Le Cabinet Dentaire , Paris, France
Fire sale, Dynamite Projects, curated by Shaun McDowell, Redhill, Surrey, UK

Architecture of Enjoyment part 1, curated by Marcelle Joseph Projects , Athens, Greece
Les- Pierres se battent entre elles, event organized and curated by Emmanuelle Day and Allison Somers,
Auvers- Saint-George, France
Mixed Four, organised with Christopher Green, Milly Emson and Sofia Stevi, St. Moritz Art Masters, Fokidos, St. Moritz, Switzerland
An Element of Whim, organised with Sofia Stevi, Fokidos , Athens, Greece
Entrée, curated by Christopher Green, MiddleMarch , Brussels, Belgium
Bobby Dowler + Sofia Stevi + Anton Zolotov, FoodFace , London, UK
At Home Salon, Marcelle Joseph Projects , Berkshire, UK
UK Kaleidoscope, House of Culture , Smartmo, Slovenia
Art Brussels, Hannah Barry Gallery, Belgium, (two person with Christopher Green)

PeckhamNewYorkParis (three-part traveling show): 88 Friary Road, Peckham, London, United Kingdom
Shoot the Lobster, New York, Galerie 104 Kleber, Paris, France
Paint As You Like and Die Happy!, Fokidos, Athens, Greece
Art Brussels 31 Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

From New Perspectives, Marcelle Joseph Projects, London, United Kingdom
Sculpture Al Fresco II at Great Fosters, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Egham, Surrey Art Brussels, Belgium
30 Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

Let There Be Sculpture!, New Arts Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Bold Tendencies III, Peckham Car Park, London, United Kingdom
Time Flies, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, London, United Kingdom
The Peckham Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
To Paint is to Love Again, Hannah Barry Gallery, Dering Street, London, United Kingdom

Various exhibitions at Lyndhurst Way, Peckham, London, United Kingdom