Pop-Surrealism-Paintings-by-Dave MacDowell

To quote Philip J. Fry (and make a blatant pop culture reference), “Oh wow, it’s like that drug trip in that movie I saw when I was on that drug trip.”

What happens when you’re raised by a television set and given a paint brush? For most people, not a whole helluva lot, but for Dave MacDowell the result is a twisted explosion of celebrities, corporate logos, and childhood heroes that’s gut wrenching, beautiful, hilarious and disturbing all at once.

The juxtaposition of childhood fantasy with cultural horror creates a straight forward, yet strangely surreal message about America’s obsession with media, consumerism and Hollywood. Described as “Disneyland on Acid,” MacDowell’s paintings demonstrate what he calls the “sins of our society” and the effect it has on us, especially the youth.

Check out lowbrow/pop surrealism paintings at MacDowell Studio.

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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