Architect of Happy: Tory Cowles

16 May

When you were young, did you ever dream of living in make believe places?  Like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, The Jetson’s futuristic abode  or maybe the Smurfs’ village?  The work of Tory Cowles reminds me of the bright, whimsical worlds that inhabit our childhoods.

#495, mixed media, 60×48

Given that Cowles’ background includes working in interior design, woodworking and carpentry, it makes perfect sense that her abstract mixed media work would have an architectural quality.

#562, mixed media, 48×48

She’s creating landscapes full of whimsy and imagination, an abstracted, make-believe toyland where you might feel like you looking right into Candyland.

#642, acrylic on canvas, 72×60

Cowles’ work reminds me of hours spend building houses and worlds out of anything we could find– blocks, spools, pipe cleaners, my grandmother’s colorful Tupperware.  Worlds that appeal to the child in all of us, yet are sophisticated enough for adult eyes.

#596, mixed media, 48×60

#569, mixed media, 48×48

To see more of Tory Cowles’ work, please visit her website.

Featured image is #495, mixed media, 60×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.

5 Responses to “Architect of Happy: Tory Cowles”

  1. francifularts May 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Love the colors! Love the very free and spontaneous feelings these pieces evoke!

  2. Time To Be Inspired May 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I love abstract colorful art, and this work is wonderful! This is the kind of art you can live with for years!

    • Lesley May 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

      I completely agree! Her work would make any space more happy and joyful.

      • Tracy Gielbert May 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

        love these works!!! omg we SOOOOO have the same taste in artists!!

        • Lesley May 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

          Haha, Tracy, ’tis true!

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