Len Cowgill

Len Cowgill

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Len Cowgill • Profile

 

Len Cowgill

Within each of Len Cowgill’s boxes and bottles lays a tiny story that seems to speak directly to each viewer.  Inside the protective walls of their vessels, Cowgills’s subjects are both contained and accessible, vulnerable and shielded.  They look out from their weathered containers, frozen in moments we have all experienced.  Their faces are ripe with shared emotions from forced bravery to limitless joy to empty eyed confusion.  A web of text holds the expertly rendered figure drawings in place while working to explain the characters’ mental states and simultaneously deepen the mystery of their internal worlds.

Most pieces created by Cowgill are restricted in color to black, white and varying shades of gray.  It is due to this limited palette, as well as the familiar nature of the containers themselves, that his work seems timeless, open and understated.  It feels completely human.

Cowgilll lives and works in Northern Michigan.  He has exhibited his work throughout the Midwest and has been honored with a number of awards. 


Len Cowgill • Statement

My work is about containment. I explore some facet of the human condition in a drawing and box it up or put it in a bottle. I create a stage for the drawing and invite the audience to get close, look at and touch it. The important part is that the experience is shared, that a story has been told…perhaps not the story I had in mind. My boxes and bottles contain glimpses of ordinary moments and thoughts we’ve all experienced, a bit of the joy and pain of growing up, of being human.


Len Cowgill • Biography

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013   
“Go Figure”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Color Context”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Act II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
Myshica Gallery, Nogoya, Japan

“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Summer Fun”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Tamarack Gallery, Omena, Michigan

2010   
LaFontsee Galleries,  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida

Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, Michigan

2006   
Tamarack Gallery, Omena, Michigan

Water Street Gallery, Saugatuck, Michigan

2005   
Fine Line Gallery, St. Charles, Illinois

Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

2004   
Three Pines Gallery, Cross Village, Michigan

Petoskey Contemporary Arts, Petoskey, Michigan

2003   
Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Nancy Payne Gallery, Petoskey, Michigan

Tvedten Fine Art, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Davidson Gallery, Battle Creek, Michigan

Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois

Shade Tree Gallery, Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey Contemporary Arts, Petoskey, Michigan

Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, Michigan

2002   
Northview Design Center, Bay Harbor, Michigan

Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, Michigan

Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

2001   
Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

Dennos Museum (Sponsor), Traverse City, Michigan

2000  
Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

HONORS/AWARDS

2002   
1st Place, Juried Show, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

2001   
2nd Place, Juried Show, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan

1st Place, Juried Show, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, Michigan

2000  
2nd Place, Juried Show, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, Michigan