At ‘Brand,’ attendees will have a chance to meet Fowler and purchase from a selection of paintings created specifically for the one-time show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SixTwelve, a collaborative arts space in the Paseo Arts District.
The event is free and open to the public, and will also feature music, cocktails by Benny Jacobs and craft beer by Anthem Brewing Company.
According to Fowler, the tongue-in-cheek naming of the exhibition is intended to accurately describe a common thread among the collection of art to be sold, and to spark a conversation among attendees about the evolving concept of personal brands.
“Those who know me won’t be surprised that I called the show Brand to be a little passive aggressive about a word I despise,” Fowler said. “People shouldn’t be a brand, but we seemingly have no choice in today’s social media-driven society. The works I’m creating the best of what I think I'm known for: portraits, cities, and trees. I'm looking forward to talking to people about the differences between earning a reputation vs. branding yourself.”
Located in the heart of the Paseo Arts District, SixTwelve provides opportunities for people both young and old to learn skills in the arts, music, cooking, gardening and sustainable local living. The space sports a cooperative garden, a commercial kitchen, a gallery, an outdoor performance stage, and four flexible classrooms. SixTwelve seeks to bring many disciplines under one roof where community can flourish.
More info about SixTwelve at www.sixtwelve.org.
About Jack Fowler
Jack Fowler is an artist living in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District. He has also been a journalist, a cowboy, a musician, a high school drama teacher and an elementary school teacher in former lives.
Fowler was born in Ada, Oklahoma, and grew up in nearby Wewoka and Seminole. A desire to avoid pumping gas at his family’s truck stop led him to working as a staff writer and photographer for his local daily newspaper, The Seminole Producer, when he was a sophomore in high school.
When he was 21, he decided to spend a summer working as a cowboy-in-training at Middle Creek Ranch, a 25,000-acre ranch in southeast Oklahoma. He continued working at the ranch during breaks while attending Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English.
After graduation, Fowler spent a year working as a musician in Austin, Texas, while also teaching drama at a high school in Nacogdoches, Texas.
“I'd been playing gigs up and down east Texas and Louisiana and thought I could do it. So I moved to Austin with like 400 dollars and a Yamaha guitar and failed spectacularly,” Fowler said.
He moved back to Oklahoma and returned to journalism, working a stint for the Mustang Times before being hired as managing editor at the Eufaula Indian Journal.
“I stayed there a couple of years by the lake running the newspaper and drinking whiskey, and then decided to give music another try,” Fowler said. “So I moved back to Oklahoma City to play music and immediately went broke.”
Fowler started substitute teaching at his mom's school (she was an elementary music teacher) to make ends meet, got alternatively certified, and landed a full-time job as an elementary school teacher. He taught 4th and 5th grade for four years before ‘retiring’ to become a full-time artist.
He describes himself as an experimental, self-taught artist and photographer, with a love for solid colors and linear composition, known for his portraits, trees and cityscapes.