According to William Shakespeare, "The eyes are the window to your soul." We see things, feel things, and experience things in a variety of ways, forever making human interaction with one another and the world an incredibly fascinating subject. To some, the work of world-renowned artist William Stoehr is simply a series of faces or people, but to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who view his paintings as a brilliant work of art, his work is so much more than just paint upon a canvas.

To truly experience William Stoehr's work, the viewer must be willing to succumb to a frontier of emotion and take part in the journey. Upon approach, the mixed media canvases of ethnically diverse women's faces close-up are arresting, even discomforting, as their gazes pierce the room and confront the viewer. Each expression captures a single moment, but their eyes tell a story, engaging the audience in a spectrum of emotional and intellectual responses. What the viewer sees, (fragility, strength, resentment, resolve, loneliness, confidence, insecurity and perseverance) is often a reflection of their own personal experience.

The honesty revealed in Stoehr's paintings is conveyed in a collision of contemporary realism and abstract expressionism. Spontaneous rhythms of bold brushwork, drips and gestural marks fill the canvases edge to edge, creating a tension that magnifies the energy with which he works. Layered washes of monotone shades are slashed with intense color. And yet, Stoehr portrays the details of women's facial structure with expert precision, emphasizing the eyes as the portals to their stories.

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“For art to be great it must seem a spontaneous product of nature, born not willed; and for this to happen genius is necessary, an original power freed from the restraint of inherited rules.”
                                                                                                                          (Immanuel Kant)


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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