The Altered Chorus - John Dowell (NEW)
The Altered Chorus

"John Dowell Jr. is a printmaker who has been deeply influenced by music and jazz in particular. Dowell over the years has done a suite of prints in which musical notations and color have been important elements. These prints can be actual music scores and have been performed by Dowell's group, Visual Music Ensemble. The artist works to create a visual environment to break up the white space of the paper. Altered Chorus consists of three prints in an elongated format that were commissioned by the workshop to honor three influential African American artists in 1983. The rhythmic delicacy of his translucent marks floating across the surface of the print exudes confidence and sureness by its maker to celebrate the creative act."

From the Artist:

"{The purpose for my art is }To produce the stimulus for the viewer to discover themselves"

Once the son of an English professor at school asked  what my work was like. I told him they were marks and small linear forms jumping, moving, and dancing in space...
Some are very immediate and spontaneous, some are controlled, but all marks are ordered in some sort of visual environment. In my drawings and watercolors the marks superimpose another service on top of a white or black ground. For example, I may cluster 150 marks within a 10 inch square area to form a pattern or Texture, which may have tremendous amount of movement within a particular area. In my paintings, I use marks to clarify the surrounding white space and try to create an emotional impact through the stress and pull on the mark. 

- John Dowell, when asked about his artworks.

Artist Bio

Printmaker, photographer, and painter from Philadelphia, John E. Dowell, Jr. earned a BFA in printmaking and ceramics from Temple University, studied advanced lithography with Garo Antreasian at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana; ...

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The Altered Chorus


Offset Lithograph




11" x 30"

Edition Size

85 prints in this edition


Robert "Bob" Franklin


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA