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Added by Katherine Fell on 21 Mar 2013 07:58
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Art by Jonathan Earl Bowser

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Canadian artist Jonathon Earl Bowser has established a presence in the international art marketplace. After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1984 (on the President’s Honor Roll), he went directly into a brief career in commercial art. Since 1989 however, he has dedicated himself to fine art and his own creative vision – in the landscapes of his childhood home and in unique figurative images that explore the mythological dimension of the spirit. Jonathon’s intricate paintings of the Rocky Mountains are not only in government and corporate collections in Canada, but also in many private collections across North America and Europe. Some even hang in the government collections of China and Taiwan. His extensive website – JonathonArt.com – was launched in January 1996, consistently receives almost one thousand visitors a day, and has provided artwork for many thousands of websites.
Since childhood, Jonathon has been inspired by the awesome beauty and mystery of the natural world. He strives, in his landscapes, to re-acquaint the public with the grandeur of familiar places or introduce them to the spectacular vistas of the more remote mountain wilderness known only to the hikers and backpackers. In his figurative work, Jonathon takes his reverence a step further, developing what he describes as Mythic Naturalism. From shadowy forest cathedrals and misty mountain fortresses to the unknown depths of the celestial ocean, he seeks the unseen Poetry of Nature, the intention of the world - incarnate in Jonathon’s work as serenely still and inscrutably silent Goddesses.

Jonathon has many creative passions. He has written and published a book, The LotusMaiden – An Artist’s Search for the Secret of the Sky Goddess, that contemplates some rare and poignant themes of art and spirit through 296 extensively illustrated pages. He is also a musician, and has composed orchestral soundtracks for his ongoing series of art videos. These short musical vignettes, which slowly meander through Jonathon’s work in great visual detail, are a new and exciting way to pursue (and sometimes find) the elusive themes of his work.

Jonathon’s art is seen around the world on magazines, puzzles, card decks, t-shirts, cross-stitch patterns, greeting cards, collectible plates, calendars, CD covers, etc. His work has also appeared in and on many books - including, most famously, the cover of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s allegorical novel about the invasion of Kuwait, Zabibah and the King. When asked in a New York Times interview about Saddam’s unauthorized usage of his painting The Awakening, Jonathon said: “Strange…that the ruthless despot should admire the work of a painter of peaceful mysterious women…”.

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