Organizations* : OPA
Beginning his artistic career as an illustrator, Dowd has devoted himself to creating still lives, portraits, and landscapes in realist and impressionist styles.
Art Center College of Design (group), New York Society of Illustrators (group), Missouri Athletic Club (solo), Missouri Botanical Gardens (group), Foundry Art Centre (group), St. Louis Artists’ Guild (group), Missouri Citizens for the Arts (group/auction)
Honorable Mention: Art Renewal Center’s 3rd International Salon Show (2006) -"The Sweetest Things in Life"
Best of Show: Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Exhibition (2000) - "Woman in a Black Hat"
Cardinal Rigali Center, St. Louis, MO
Archdiocese of St. Louis, Residence of the Archbishop, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Commerce Magazine, September 2004, Title: "The Ties That Bind - Guild Unites and Inspires Artists", Author: Linda Briggs-Harty, Page: 15
California Art Club (CAC), Portrait Society of America (PSOA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)
Jason Dowd knew he wanted to be an artist from the age of five. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he grew up around the studio of his father, illustrator Ken Dowd, laying the foundation for his future as an artist. Jason received his BFA at the Art Center College of Design, graduating second in his class. At Art Center, he focused on classical drawing and painting as his principal areas of study.
Jason returned to St. Louis to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. He worked with clients such as Simon & Schuster, Coca-Cola, and Anheuser-Busch while continuing his studies as a painter. In 2000, Jason decided to dedicate himself fully to fine art and established his studio at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild where he was Artist-in-Residence.
Jason has completed commissions for clients which include Southwest Bank, The Fox Theater of St. Louis, as well as many portraits including two official portraits of the Cardinal Justin Rigali for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Southwest Bank president Drew Baur, Lynn Bealke, and Mary Engelbreit.
Jason is a member of the California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America, participating in many shows. "Woman in a Black Hat" was awarded "Best of Show" by juror and fellow artist C.W. Mundy at the Oil Painters of America regional exhibition. Most recently, Jason’s still-life, "The Sweetest Things in Life" was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Show.
Jason teaches workshops, instructs at the Laguna College of Art and Design, and continues to work from his home studio in Corona del Mar.