Gordon Cowan is a self-taught artist who works primarily in oils and most often with he human form. A recurring favorite theme is capturing the spirit of the blues on canvas through powerful portrayals of blues and jazz musicians. He uses a decidedly dark palette which he feels best synchs to the visceral drama of the genre. "I want the viewer to embrace the raw passion and truth in this music - to taste the bourbon and smell the sweat."
Recently Cowan has lightened and expanded his palette to explore the alluring world of gypsy dancers. In addition to painting, Cowan, a classically trained pianist, enjoys working in charcoal and pencil utilizing old discarded sheet music - some manuscripts dating from the 1890's - as his canvas. His subsequent sketches are loosely based on the title and/or lyrics of the composition.
A Detroit native, Cowan moved to Minneapolis from Boston in January 2017 and is delighted to join the camaraderie of the 300 artists creating at the Northrup King Building.