Gow’s work is part of the abstract art tradition which developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when many artists felt literal graphic representation didn’t adequately express feelings they were experiencing. Like her predecessors, Gow showcases a reality that is impossible to illustrate in any other way. -Murray Paskin
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Mary Gow is a multidisciplinary American artist who was born and raised in Louisiana.
She’s won recognition including a Fuji Film “New Way of Seeing” Award. Mary’s appeared in The Women’s Spirituality Conference in Austin and spoken at the Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco. She’s produced calligraphic works for companies including a cultural foundation at Stanford University.
Mary graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received an M.A. from San Jose State University. She resides in California.
Read Mary’s occasional reflections on creativity and her creative journey at ArtSpirit7.com.
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“The colors in your abstract work are so vivid and alive–and then the black and white. Just lovely. Haunting. (Even the photographs tend towards the abstract: much tension there between a recognizable “image” and our perception of the “purity” of lines and related spaces. It’s as if an other consciousness were pulling at us as we look at the world.”
– Jack Foley, poet/performer/writer and host of KPFA 94.1 FM’s “Cover to Cover”
“Pure invention, challenging the viewer to consider the possibilities of the image.”
– Robert Buelteman, The Buelteman Studio
“Refreshing . . . takes us back to what photography is all about.”
– Marvin Wax (1923-2015), prolific graphic artist-photographer
“THANKS SO MUCH for this gorgeous splash of beauty on my wall! Came home and immediately on entering, it burst into my vision and would not let me go – just as it did at your showing. And now I get to drink it in umpteen times a day.”
-Lisa Dollar, Founder, Lysistrada Project
“This piece is beautiful, ethereal–the colorist theme really comes through.”
-Lisa Awrey, Founder, Nutshell Branding
“Beautiful! I’ve enjoyed looking at all your wonderful work! Thank you.”
– Vicki Smith, Kayaking Adventurer
“Thank you for sharing your unique brand of art with the world. Goodness knows we need the spiritual uplift that your paintings spark! How can one resist such transcendent beauty?”
-Blesilda Carmona, Author & Award-Winning Poet
“Your work is beautiful!”
– Leslie Katz, Arts Editor, San Francisco Examiner
“Stunning work in every medium!”
– Jake Berry