Tar and Gasoline
American (Artist with ties to Sioux City)
Tar and Gasoline, 1953
oil on masonite
Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection; 953.05.02
Purchase Award, 16th Annual May Show
Tar and Gasoline is inspired by both the playfulness of early 20th century Expressionism and the use of black that became common during the age of Abstract Expressionism. Cowden later moved to Washington, DC to complete his master of fine arts degree at Catholic University, and worked in graphic design, illustration, calligraphy, and teaching.