The Marseille Companion stands as a visual journey through the soul of the artist. In a recreation of what is known as “Star Spread” – a five card spread, using the formidable archetypes and virtues prescribed in The Tarot De Marseille. One of the oldest known and complete tarot deck in human history, originated in Italy during the 15th century. Initially used as a simple card game to pass the time, the tarot has picked up many mysticisms of its power and intended use over centuries. The Series of works depict a visceral portrayal of ones reality and forces the painter to question the very foundation of ones existence against the universal values found in the cards. “For me the tarot is sacred. It has a being and a definitive purpose which lends to its divinity, making it an illuminating traveling companion.” -Dustin Nowlin
Through my work I explore visual narrative derived from traditional but also conceptual practices and techniques. Overall I’ve seen my works converge on many types of surfaces including canvas, wood, paper, metal, glass, film, and installation. In my approach I attempt to reach a level of consciousness, collective of, and responsive to the world at large, in order to achieve a representation which is of relevancy and veracity to the viewer and to myself. Each brushstroke is the result of an applicable but interchangeable set of values or virtues addressed in a given dialogue or piece. All of which are mostly expressed in a raw form of expressionism based in African, Latin, and non-western diaspora, delivered by an American point of view in the modern age. Join Dustin Nowlin and guests at the Arts Collinwood Gallery to view the paintings at the opening reception on April 13th. The Café at Arts Collinwood will be open as well for dinner/drinks before and during the opening from 6pm-10pm.
A Gallery Talk with the artist will be hosted by local artist, professor, writer and Arts Collinwood Gallery Committee member, Douglas Max Utter on Thursday, April 26th at 7pm at Arts Collinwood.
For more information about Arts Collinwood, visit www.artscollinwood.org