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Paul Cowan

Untitled, 2012

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Lot 23
Fishing lures on canvas
30.0 x 24.0 in (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
Signed and dated on verso


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A statement on conceptual image-making, Paul Cowan’s “fishing lure” series explores color relationships through the juxtaposition of pre-made materials. Though observably skill-less, each decorative bait hook is thoughtfully placed so as to contrast with the monochromatic canvas background—in this case, a rich plum. The resulting image is simple in composition, but deep in complexity.

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About Paul Cowan

Paul Cowan (American, b. 1985) is a contemporary artist who specializes in painting, sculpture, and installation that revolve around mark making, composition, and authorship. Notably, his “fishing lure” paintings utilize store bought fabrics and the decorative bait used to fly fish to depict color relationships between the set materials. Despite the impression of spontaneous or improvised creation, his works are highly considered, as he reinvigorates gesture with urgency and purpose. He received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.