Art Review

Dowling and Follett Embrace Contemporary Representational Imagery at Point Gallery


Point Gallery focuses on contemporary representational imagery, as with the pair of exhibits on view there now.

In the front spaces is Michael J. Dowling: Forgotten Scoundrels, which comprises drawings and paintings of people and animals. Dowling, who grew up in Colorado, studied with Amy Metier and John Hull here in town — and you can clearly see the influence of the latter. But he also spent two years in Italy, where he honed his craft.

Particularly notable is Dowling’s expert handling of the lines used to convey depictions that are at once traditional and contemporary. The reference to “scoundrels” in the show’s title has to do with both the subjects and the style, which were inspired by Caravaggio, who was both a master artist and a rogue.

The companion exhibit in the mammoth double-height back space is Michelle Follett: I’ve Never Had It So Good, which marks this Denver artist’s debut. The neo-pop mixed-media paintings, in which recognizable imagery is set on colored grounds, represents a very strong body of work.

Through December 2 at Point Gallery, 765 Santa Fe Drive, 720-254-0567/303-596-2309, pointgallerydenver.com.
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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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