Wendell Lowe knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist. “In the 7th grade, my teacher would use my work as an example of how to do what she wanted them to do,” Lowe said.
At the advice of his father, Lowe went to college for graphic design. “My father wanted me to go into a career where I could make a good living,” said Lowe. After graduation, Lowe began a career in advertising where he worked his way up to Art Director, then Creative Director for Simon Properties and the Pacers before starting his own graphic design agency.
“I got out of advertising because I didn’t like selling things” Lowe said. “I decided to get serious about fine art.” Lowe opened a studio in the Stutz Building where he sold his own work, primarily landscape paintings.
After three years at the Stutz Building, Lowe took a job with Indianapolis Public Schools where he helped special needs students express themselves through art. Lowe spent 10 years honing his technique in the classroom, helping struggling students identify something they could excel at. “Teaching was my most rewarding job” said Lowe. “Kids come into class sad and leave happy.”
In 2009, Lowe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. “I had to stop teaching; the Parkinson’s wasn’t making things clear,” Lowe said. “Then, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I just crawled into a hole and didn’t want to do anything for quite a while.”
“After a couple of years, I came back to life and hired someone to help me get back into the art scene” said Lowe.
In 2017, Lowe received a Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and hosted an exhibit at the Indiana Landmarks building, just north of Downtown Indianapolis.
Lowe attributes his art to helping him overcome the depression of his diagnosis. “I just do what I want to do” Lowe said.
“I’ve tapped into more creativity. It has helped me create art from the soul.”
In February 2020, Lowe opened his studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC), 1125 Brookside Avenue in Indianapolis.
From his studio, Lowe creates new art, including drawings, finger paintings and repurposing vintage televisions as art, a series he calls SeaTV.
Lowe enjoys hosting open studio and participating in CCIS’s monthly First Friday open house, where he can meet new people and share his art. Lowe’s passion for art includes helping others enjoy art.
“Affordable access to art is important to the community” said Lowe. “Art is powerful and everyone should be able to enjoy it.”’
To check out Wendell Lowe’s recent work, visit www.oii.fyi/wendell or stop by the Circle City Industrial Complex’s monthly open house from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM on the first Friday of each month. You can learn more about CCIC at www.oii.fyi/ccic