Bill Lowe Gallery presents Primal Poetry, an examination of primitive forms, symbols, indigenous cultures and their enduring impact on the contemporary psyche. James Havard and Michel Meyer, much like the romantic poets of the late 18th century, approach painting with a strong belief in the senses and emotions, rather than reason and intellect. Both artists present an application of gestures and symbols imbued with lyrical, sublime, sometimes naive strokes in contrasting compositional density. These opposing senses of space lend themselves to a dialogue between the intimate and universal.

James Havard’s illustrious career has spanned more than fifty years, and his work is included in many private and public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

His highly individual work draws inspiration from Native American and African tribal cultures, as well as cave paintings and children’s drawings. It is often full of inner demons and dark, multicultural symbols. Yet they are also affectively humorous, endowed with qualities that we recognize immediately as inherent to the human condition.

German-born Michel Meyer’s art functions in the true Romantic sense: the known and the familiar become surprisingly remote and mysterious. As you look, you experience a recurring jolt (mostly pleasant), a sudden awareness. And it is herein that the real pleasure and enjoyment in Michel Meyer’s paintings is to be found.

Meyer’s works flit between figure and abstraction, and are expressively colorful and full of symbols. What lies behind them may be a glimpse into the human psyche, but in any case generates – now distorted in the manner of a caricature, now with marvelously muted poetry – a certain tension. Composing painting much like Romantic-Poet Novalis, Meyer gives “the ordinary a higher value, the usual an element of secrecy, the well-known the value of the unknown and the finite the appearance of infinity”.

 

 


The philosophical architecture of Bill Lowe Gallery is built upon a reverence for the alchemical nature of artistic expression. Our vision honors the profoundly spiritual nature of visual language and the role it can play in affecting paradigm shifts at both a personal and societal level.

It is with this recognition that we have assembled a world-class stable of artists who intuitively have their fingers on the pulse of the Universe. Their expression is not an ironic or satirical look at the human condition. Instead, the gallery’s program presents powerful, content-driven works that utilize technical mastery and a visual eloquence to transform the human heart and soul at intimate levels.

For our collectors, the gallery is an oasis of beauty. Of civility. Of contemplation. This is coupled with a dynamism informed by a world view rooted in metaphysics, spirituality, philosophy, psychology and biology. Bill Lowe Gallery is a transformative experience that forever enlightens those who experience it. The gallery facilitates interaction between a broad cross-section of our community with an exotic array of artistic voices and languages to amplify and expand an unfolding cultural conversation.

Bill Lowe Gallery has become an institution in our region. We are widely considered the pre-eminent contemporary art gallery in the Southern United States. Our long presence in Los Angeles has fueled a kinetic dialogue between the East and West coasts. We approach the next decade of our mandate with clarity, commitment and excitement.



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