Robert Dowd

Painting, Visual Artist

1936 – 1996

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Who was Robert Dowd?

Robert Dowd was an American artist, who also painted under the name Robert O'Dowd.

After his discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1957 he entered the Society of Arts and Crafts/Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan where he studied painting with Sarkis Sarkisian. In 1958-9 he began drawing common objects, including 'Stop' signs. His work first appeared in an Art In America article by Robert Broner on the "Young Artists Group" in Detroit. In 1960 he moved to San Francisco and began work on his first images of postage stamps. In 1961 he moved to Los Angeles and began work on his currency paintings. By 1962 he was getting attention for his ground breaking paintings of common objects. Around the country several other artists were experimenting with this new concept and in 1962 he was invited to show his work at the Pasadena Art Museum.

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Born
1936
Detroit
Nationality
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Detroit
Died
1996
Los Angeles

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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