About Brian

Brian Dowdall (in his own words)

I was born on February 12, 1948, in the small copper mining town Anaconda, Montana. While growing up, I spent most of my spare time hiking in the mountains situated a few blocks from home. It was there that I developed a strong kindred spirit with animals. After high school, I traveled extensively throughout the 1960's, hitchhiking across America and camping in national forests, caves, and wilderness areas. I also spent time in the little village of Puerto Marquez, Mexico, with an Indian friend, living in a converted horse stable. There, I painted hundreds of my animal spirit paintings using local house paint on Mexican newspapers. I paint energy patterns of animals with pure raw colors, surrounding and filling their forms. I've been painting animal spirit and goddess images for over thirty years. I do my colors from the sun, moon, fire, earth, trees, and water. They are painted on cardboard with tempera and house paint. My backyard sand creatures are done with brown paper bags, sand, and various glues. Living by the ocean, I find inspiration.


Brian Dowdall has recently relocated to Baltimore/project: Art Park Manor in partnership with the city, recreation and parks, with the blessings of Rebecca (founder/director) AVAM.

Brian Dowdall of the Space Coast, Florida was accepted into the prestigious

Raw Arts Festival Jan 18 2007 NYC

Brian Dowdall has represented Florida in many of the most established art/outsider visionary festivals and shows throughout the East.
Inclusive the Kentuck Tuscaloosa, Folk Fest Atlanta, The BAZAART held at the American Visionary Art Museum Baltimore and House of Blues,Orlando "where the art meets the soul", as well as the Mennello Musuem festival locally.

Dowdall's work has been collected & exhibited, internationally. Brian has a following far & wide from celebrities to locals.

Major collectors of Brian's art


Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder of the A V A M - Baltimore, Maryland
American Visionary Art Museum - Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Kurt Gitter, collector and organizer of the "Passionate Visions" show for the New Orleans Museum of the Arts
Chuck and Jan Rosenak, authors of Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of 20th Century American Folk Art and Artists, Tesuque, New Mexico
Betty Carol Sellen, author of 20th Century Folk Self-Taught and Outsider Art
Myron B. Shur - Chicago, Illinois
Arne Anton - American Primitive Gallery - New York City
Johnathan Demme - Film director - New York City, Collection of Primitive Art
Ty and Jean Tyson - Tyson Trading Co. - Micanopy, FL
Tamara Hendershot - Vanity Novelty Garden - Miami Beach, Florida
Jimmy Hedges - Rising Fawn - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Cecile Thompson - Timpson Creek - Clayton, Georgia
Mark Newman - Gainesville, Florida
Phillip Williams - New York City - Columbus, Georgia
Ginger Young - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Larry & Jane Schlachter - Summerville, Georgia
Joe Adams - America Oh Yes - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina & Washington DC
Elayne Scott - Red Piano Two - St. Helena Island, South Carolina
Micki Beth Stiller - Cottonbelt - Montgomery, Alabama,
Tom Wells - Weathervane - Thompson, Georgia -
Charlie Coleman - Presidio
Georgine Clark - Alabama State Council of the Arts - Montgomery, Alabama
Miah Michaelsen, Executive Director - Kentuck Museum - Northport, Alabama
T. Marshall Hahn - Atlanta, Georgia
John Glover, Actor - California TV
Dave Brubeck, Jazz Musician - Wilton, Connecticut
Chet Goldstein - Folkwear - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Stephanie Smitherr - Houston, Texas
Dr. Wang Jin-Huai of the Bill Moyers TV series "Healing and the Mind" - Beijing, China
City Hall of Orlando, Florida.
Montefiore Medical Center/University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY
Nancy and Robert Claster - Philadelphia
Mose Allison, Jazz Musician - New York
Johnny Cash and June Carter, Country Musicians
Douglas Gitter, owner of Doug's Place Restaurant 4 New Orleans, Louisiana
Van Morrison, Musician - Ireland
Baron Gordon - Williamsburg, Pennsylvania
Ann and William Oppenhimer - Folk Art Society of America
Myrna Smoot - Abbeyville Press, New York
Rev. Howard Finster & Beverly Finster - Paradise Garden - Summerville, Georgia
Laurent Danchin - "RAW VISION" - Paris, France
Pascale Tascone - Paris, France
Kenneth C. Burkhart - Curator of Outsider Art, An Exploration of Chicago Collections
Trish Mallard - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester, Massachusetts
Russell Banks - Author
Martine Lusardy - Curator of Halle Saint Pierre Museum - Paris, France
Marshall Anderson - Journalist of Visionary Art - Dundee, Scotland
Judith Mcnicol - Edinburgh, Scotland
Mennello Museum of American Folk Art - Orlando, Florida - Frank Holt Director
Patrick McGee, Ph.D. - Edinburgh, Scotland
House of Blues - Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida
Frank Holt - Orlando, Florida
Phillip Williams NYC
Kimball M. Sterling, Kimball M. Sterling Inc. Antiques TN
Brian Noyes, Smithsonian Editor now the Red Truck Bakery of Virginia
Barry & Allen Huffman, private collection, Hickory, NC
John Ogren, Carlton Arms Hotel, NYC
Dan Reck, VISIONARY board member, MD
Margaret & Robert Allen, photojournalist/private collection, NC
Sarah Fisbey, Gypsy Junque, NC
J Justice, Chapel Hill, NC
Lynn Creech, studio 321, private collection, NC
Ted Frankel, Side Show AVAM, MD
Pearl & Metra Fryar, Pearl Fryar Gardens, SC
Dalton Stevens, "the Button King" Bishopville, SC
Charles Spellman, House of Blues Orlando, FL
John Stephens, Stress Management, Cocoa Beach, FL
Tom Quill, AMERPRISE, M.I., FL
Stephen Craig, Jackson Hewitt, Melbourne FL
Ed Burd, KEYES realty, Edgewater, FL
Peter Schreyer, Crealde' School of Art, Winter Park, FL
Lois King, Screen Porch Art, TX
Jon Clark, Home & Planet, Bethlehem, PA
Alyx Kellington, photojournalist, West Palm, FL
Trish & Joe Barker, Brevard Eye, FL
Mr. Imagination, Visionary extraordinaire, (art exchanges)
Art Exchange: many barters & trades with the tried and true contemporary visionaries today,
as well as, in goods and services from Dave's Tire to Dr. Allen Earle. a wonderful journey part & parcel.

Francoise Adamsbaum Art Modeste France & Christian Granger
David Slagle fine art transport
Michael & Ellen Hodes Michael C. Hodes, Esq., Baltimore, MD
Ellen & Paul Saval artist representative & Saval Foods, Baltimore, MD
Dolly & Steve Hessler Pensare Design Hessler & Associates Esq. DC
Ray Weizik Real Estate Attorney, Baltimore, MD
Don & Renee Gorman Harmony Foods, Baltimore, MD
Mark & Laurie Rosen One Source Furniture, Baltimore, MD
Martin Abitbol & Anne Apparu NYC organic chef
Fran & John Spero Recreation & Parks, Baltimore, MD
Bill Vondrasek Recreation & Parks, Baltimore, MD
Barbara & Lou Denrich Patrons of the Arts, Baltimore, MD
Dr Edward McFarland shoulder surgeon, Baltimore, MD
Dr Timmie Topoleski & family professor mechanical engineering, UMBC
Margaret Footner Creative Alliance President
Cameron Pfeiffer photographer, Mobile, AL
Craig & Sue Phillips, Baltimore, MD
Winnie & Phil Levinson, Baltimore, MD
Carol Alexander & Tom Muha, Annapolis, MD
Duane S. Mangini VMD Parkville Animal Clinic, MD
Richard C Powell DDS Dentist, Towson, MD

die hard fans/friends

Al Orihuela
Suzanne Smithson, Melbourne, FL
Susan Neale, Merritt Island, FL
Beth & Mike Meredith, Tuscaloosa, AL
Jeff Wolfberg, Orlando, FL
Donnie Rumunno, Orlando, FL
Jeff Smith, Easley, SC
Keith Davis, Cocoa Beach, FL
Robbie Bell photographer/designer/painter, Greenville, SC
Eileen Juntunen website designer, Anaconda, MT
Kathleen Nixon, Portland, OR
Joe Pat Dowdall, Minneapolis, MN

Brian Dowdall, Robert F. Seven & Alison Spiesman completed an "outsider visionary" quest room 11-B at Ye Ol'Carlton Arms Hotel, NYC.

Carlton Arms Hotel

Dowdallïż½s paintings were included in the gallery shows of:
* Mennello Museum of American Folk Art - Orlando, Florida - invitational show ... visionary artists were asked to do a rendition of the Peaceable Kingdom - 9/11 in 2001 exhibit
* Vernissage - Paris - Curator Pascale Tascone - November 1998
* Galerie Michel Gillet - Paris - Curator Pascale Tascone - February 4 - March 7, 1999

Dowdall's animal spirit sand paintings are available at:
* Jimmy Hedges - Rising Fawn - Chattanooga, Tennessee
* Ginger Young, Chapel Hill, NC
* Phillip Williams, NYC
* Tom Wells, Weathervane, GA
* Ty & Jean Tyson, Tyson Trading & Co, Micanopy, FL
* Charlie Coleman, Presidio

Gallery and museum catalog representations of Brian's paintings:
"The Passionate Eye" ~ City Hall of Orlando June, 1994 ~ Frank Holt, Curator
"Outsider Art an Exploration of Chicago Collections" ~ Chicago Cultural Center Dec., 1996 - Feb., 1997 ~ Kenneth C. Burkhart, Curator
The Mennello Museum of American Folk Art Selected Works From Permanent Collection of American Folk Art June, 1999 - Jan., 2000 ~ Frank Holt, Curator

Magazine and Newspaper Articles:
Fashion Spectrum Magazine, Miami Florida September, 1996 Issue
Folk Art Messenger, The Folk Art Society of America Fall, 1997 & Spring, 1999 Issues
Chicago Sun Times, "Art-Centric Folk" June, 1997 Issue
Brevard Live, "Outsider Art About the Insides of Life" Feb., 1997 (Click here to view article)
Folk Art Finder Spring, 1998 Issue
Raw Vision Magazine, "Raw News" Issue #9, 1994
Florida Today, People Section Nov. 12, 1999 (Click here to view article)

Resource guide books you can find Brian in:
Brick by Brick documenting lives & telling stories by Raymond J. Baldino, CPP
Extraordinary Interpretations by Gary Monroe
A newly published, hardcover book featuring Florida Outsider Folk Artists

Contemporary American Folk Art - A Collectors Guide by Chuck and Jan Rosenak
20th Century American Folk Art and Outsider Art by Betty-Carol Sellen
Just Above The Water by Kristin G.Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas
Affirmations Artists Speak - collection of essays by the Green Room Group

Annual art shows you can find Brian at:
'Outsider Art Fair' ~ Puck Building, New York City From 1993 - 2009

Shows in Europe
'American Outsider Folk Art Show' Halle St. Pierre Museum ~ Paris, France Sept., 1998 - Sept., 2000
'International Edinburgh Festival' ~ Scotland August, 1999
"Vernissage" ~ Paris, France November 1998 ~ Pascale Tascone, Curator
"Galerie Michel Gillet" ~ Paris, France Feb. 4 - March 7, 1999 ~ Pascale Tascone, Curator


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