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Tar and Gasoline

 

Chandler Cowden

Chandler Cowden was born in Sioux City. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before being drafted into the Army. He returned to Sioux City in 1953 after serving in Korea. 

Tar and Gasoline

Chandler Cowden

American (Artist with ties to Sioux City)

born 1929

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.

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