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Tory Cowles


Biography and Artist Statement

301 983-2167 - ToryCowles@torycowles.com
BA Bennington College


Background as a carpenter, woodworker, stonewall builder, interior decorator. Fifteen years as an abstract painter and art construction builder.
Education: BA - Bennington College 1972
Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Park, MD - Instructor, Abstract Expressionist Class
Current, Recent & Upcoming Exhibits and Galleries

  • Represented at Studio 7 - Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
  • Longview Gallery - Washington, DC - Ongoing representation

Recent Solo and Group Shows

  • 2017:Sculpture Now 2017, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA.
    Sculpture Remix 2017, Craft/Technology/Art, Juried by Allison Nance, Dir. of Hillyer Art Space., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
    Mark, Honorable Mention, Juried by Charles Jean-Pierre, Alexandria Art League, Alexandria, VA.
    Wearable Hat Show juried by Steve Krensky, Artists and Makers, Rockville, MD
    March Open Exhibit and July Open Exhibit, Alexandria Art League, Alexandria, VA
  • 2015:Artist and Makers Studios, Rockville, MD - Solo show to open their new gallery
    McLean Project for the Arts,, McLean, VA, 'Strictly Painting’ - Juried by and given an award by Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phillips Gallery
    plan b Gallery - DC - Jan. - Anniversary Show
    Feb. - 6 person Abstract Show
    March - 10 x 10 Show
    Delaplane Arts Center - Frederick, MD - Outloud Show
    Artists & Makers Studios Gallery - Rockville, MD - Solo Show
  • 2014:Jerusalem Fund Gallery - “And We Have Countries” - DC
    plan b Gallery - December Year End Exhibit
    Art League Gallery - Alexandria, VA - Color Field Show,Large and Small Works
  • 2013:Camp Rehobeth HeArt of the Community Auction - Rehobeth, DE
    Foundry Gallery - Washington, DC - group show
    Montpelier Arts Center - Laurel, MD - group show
    Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Center Fundraiser - "Alchemical Vessels" - DC
    Hill Center - Group show - Capital Hill, DC
    plan b Gallery - DC - 3 person Show
  • 2012:Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY - Featured Artist
    NIH Main Lobby - Solo Show - Bethesda, MD
    West Winsor Art Center - Princeton, NJ - October to November
    Ratner Museum - Bethesda MD
    Hill Center - Featured Artist - Wash. DC
  • 2011:Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year Award, juried by Harry Cooper, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
    Target Gallery - Solo Show - Alexandria, VA
    Touchstone Gallery - Washington, DC
    Blueberry Gallery - Alexandria, VA
    Glenview Mansion Gallery - Solo Show - Rockville, MD
    ArtCENTAR - Kralja Petra, Serbia - "Collage & Assemblage"
  • 2010:Blueberry Gallery - Alexandria, VA
    Longview Gallery - Washington, DC
    plan b Gallery - 2 person show - Washington, DC
    Touchstone Gallery - Washington, DC
    Art Barn Gallery - Gaithersburg, MD
  • 2009:Traveling show "From Here to There" - VA, NV, PA,
    Featured Artist - McGuire Gallery - Frederick, MD
    Sandy Spring Museum - Sandy Spring, MD
    Solo Show - Art League Gallery - Alexandria, VA
    Touchstone Gallery - Washington, DC
  • 2008:Target Gallery - Alexandria, VA
    DeWitt Gallery - Farmington, CT - 2 Man show
    Touchstone Gallery - Wash., DC, Solo Show
    National Women's Democratic Club - Wash., DC
    Trading Sapces Art Show - Artspace - Raleigh, NC
  • 2007:Warehouse Gallery - "No Representation" - Wash., DC
    Touchstone Gallery Annex - Solo Show - Wash., DC
    Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran Invitational Show - HeinemanMeyers Gallery - Bethesda, MD
    Artomatic - Crystal City, VA
    Charlotte Community Center Gallery - 2 man show - Charlotte, VT
  • 2006:Arts Club of Washington - Washington, DC
    Touchstone Gallery (Solo) - Washington, DC
    Glen View Mansion Gallery (Solo) - Rockville, MD
    PASS Gallery - Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
    Anne C. Fisher Gallery - Georgetown, Washington, DC
    Torpedo Factory Art League - Alexandria, VA
  • 2005:Touchstone Gallery
    Anne C. Fisher Gallery - Washington, DC
    Results the Gym Gallery (solo) - Washington, DC
    Delila Katzka Gallery - Washington, DC
    PASS Gallery - Washington DC
    Art League Gallery - Alexandria, VA
  • 2004:Touchstone Gallery - (Solo)
    Rendezvous Gallery - (Solo)
    Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
  • 2003:Rendezvous Gallery - (Solo)
    Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

Artist Statement

Both my 2 dimensional and my 3 dimensional work develop from an abstract expressionist process. I start painting or constructing and then respond as directly and honestly as I can to each step. I don't have a preconceived idea of where the painting or construction is going. My work doesn't come alive unless I can reach a state of stream of consciousness. For me the stream of consciousness is an expression of what is most important to me emotionally. I enjoy allowing as much chaos and spontaneity as possible with just enough structure to hold it together.

I like to combine strong, bold, loose gestures with subtle, softer, more meditative areas so that both have integrity and hold their own. Works of art should invite the viewer to fall into and to travel around inside them seeing different things depending on the light, their interests and their mood.

Growing up in Vermont with an architect father and a sculptor for a mother, I was lucky to have a very unstructured upbringing in a wild and wonderful environment. I’ve always felt a tremendous connection to the land, married an organic farmer, and spent hours walking on the canal and the Potomac River near my home. I like to go back and forth between painting in 2 dimensions, painting with collage, and building more 3 dimensional constructions. My 3 dimensional work builds on my years as a carpenter, woodworker, stone wall builder and interior decorator - all very similar activities to painting an abstract painting. In all cases, you are working with shapes, colors, textures, and how they interact, how they relate to each other, how your eye moves through them.

Selected Collections

National Children's Hospital, Washington, DC
Celeste LeWitt Gallery Collection, Farmington, CT
Martin Shepard, Sag Harbor, NY
Taira Hall, Manhattan Beach, CA
Special Libraries Association National Headquarters
Richard Siegman, Washington, DC
Sylvie Ribes, Messery, FRANCE
Jeanne Zlonis, Grant, MN
Gregory Caplan, NYC
Pia Axemo, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Marjorie Johnson, Fairfax, VA
Sue and Scott Marshall, Germantown, MD
John Kelliher, Alexandria, VA
Omar Asali, NYC
Paul and Karen diSegna, NJ
Michael Myers, Alexandria, VA
Ann Evanson, Lake Barrington, IL
Karen Kramer, Evanston, IL
Jennifer Cosgrove, Los Angeles, CA
Sandy Rossi, Washington, DC
Steven Ritter, Los Angeles, CA
Camille Paisley, Washington, DC
Luke Backus, Seattle, WA
Brie Quinby, Farmington, CT
Cindy Gokey, Shelburne, VT
Jane Carlstrom, St Paul, MN
Howard Finke, Reno, NV
Angeline Anteola, Alexandria, VA
Dodi Ribes, Messery, FRANCE
Doug Lingenfelter, Washington, DC
Paul & Julie Hamlin, Ellicott City, MD
Jo Fleming, McLean, VA
American Industrial Hygiene Association Headquarters, Great Falls, VA
Cindy & Dan McGraw, Potomac, MD
Bill Sawicki, Clarendon, VA
Guillot Laurent, Uccle, BELGIUM
Kathy Pottick, Ringoes, NJ
Brie Quinby, Farmington, CT
Matt Bronfman, Atlanta, GA

All artwork © 2004 - 2015 Tory Cowles, all rights reserved