Jack Fowler – Everyday Objects become Art

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Jack Fowler – Everyday Objects become Art

By: M.A. Smith

The sun has barely risen, and Jack Fowler already is starting the day. He walks his dog and grabs a bite for breakfast: just another start to a normal day that any Oklahoman could relate to.

His excitement is brewing, and he can’t wait to get started. But Fowler isn’t getting ready for a 9 to 5 job.

Fowler is a local Oklahoma City artist who paints portraits and, recently, designs conceptual art sculptures. He describes his work as pop culture art.

At an early age, Fowler started painting as a hobby.

“I’ve always been artistic. I’ve always been an artist, but I haven’t been a painter until four years ago,” he said.

Fowler dabbled in other careers before finally deciding to start painting full time. The journalist-turned-educator was the managing editor at the Mustang Times and Eufaula Indian Journal. He also spent some time in his teens as a staff writer for his hometown newspaper.

Yet, he wasn’t content. His heart yearned for more. Painting was the one thing he found that filled the void.

“It was the only thing that made me happy anymore,” Fowler said. “It was the only thing I wanted to do.”
When journalism didn’t satisfy his passion, Fowler turned to teaching. It was during his time as an elementary teacher he finally gave in to the artistic call and started working full-time as a painter.

“I found myself daydreaming about getting home to finish a painting,” Fowler said as he relived the memories. “My suits and ties all have paint on them now because I wouldn’t change clothes. I was excited to finish a project.”

In 2011, Fowler entered the market as a hit. His displayed his art at a local gallery and ended up selling 75 percent, a rarity for a first-timer. This taste of success would drive him to more paintings and more success.

“The rest was history. A year later, I quit my job and started making money from it,” Fowler said. “It was something I could make happen if I worked hard enough and stayed positive.”

Being an artist isn’t always easy on the finances, however. Fowler says sometimes he has the money to pay bills and sometimes he doesn’t.

Happiness isn’t measured by the amount of money in his bank account, though.

“I would not trade my occasional stress over how I’m going to make ends meet for the daily stress of working for someone else,” Fowler said. “If money is your objective for doing what you do with your daily life, it affects your stress and happiness level.”

While he’s looking for a new, permanent studio, his home is his studio for now. “I threw away all my furniture and it’s full of art now.”

Fowler warns though that self-employment isn’t for everyone. It takes dedication and sacrifice. “You have to be able to work every day without someone telling you what to do and when to do it,” he says.

Challenge has also become a motto for Fowler. He just started a new type of art, using everyday items found in his home.

“Everyday Household Objects” opens at 6 p.m. Dec 1 at Tall Hill Creative, 3421 N Villa. The show will include his popular City Scapes paintings and sculptures made using everyday items.

“This show will be a new phase for me. It is a way to challenge myself,” Fowler said. “A lot of every day stuff laying around my house that I have turned into art.”

He said he wants to be famous one day. “I would like to turn the entire state into my gallery. I want everyone to have a Jack Fowler in their home.”

If past commissions are a measure of his success, Fowler is on his way to achieving that desired fame.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s own Kevin Durant asked the painter to create a portrait of legendary Civil Rights activist Malcolm X.

Despite his desire for popularity, Fowler is still modest to the core. He said he apologizes for wanting recognition, but says it is only natural.

“Artists are proud of their creations. We want people to know our work.”

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