Aaron fowler (b.1988 in St. Louis, MO) creates elaborate assemblage paintings from discarded found objects and unconventional materials sourced from his local surroundings. Through intuitive layering of castoff furniture, oil and acrylic paint, and collaged elements including iridescent CDs, water bottles, LED lights, sneakers, and plastic bags, Fowler meticulously constructs hybrid tableaux infused with a sens of raw urgency. Taking compositional cues from American history painting and religious iconography, Fowler inserts both concrete and imagined narratives from his personal experience and those of his loved ones. Each work illustrates a poignant subject or event that holds significance for the artist, from portraits of incarcerated family members and friends lost in acts of violence to fantastical scenarios incorporating historical figures, role models, and public icons.
Fowler received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2014 and BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts in 2011. He was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014 and was the recipient of the Rema Host Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2015. Fowler has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including shows at Saatchi Gallery, SCAD Museum of Art, The Rubell Family Collection, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design (solo), Diane Rosenstein Gallery (solo), and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In May of 2018, Fowler will present a window installation at the New Museum in New York, NY. He lives and works in Harlem, Los Angeles and St. Louis.