DAC Open Studios artist: John Lowe

Well known artist John Lowe, who describes himself as “the chicken painter,” will be exhibiting at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios for the first time this year. Open Studios takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, from noon to 5 p.m.

John grew up on a gentleman’s farm next door to his grandmother, Sadie, in Dover, Mass. The farm was  home to fruit orchards, pigs, dogs, cats and chickens. From a very young age, he raised baby chicks, teaching them to ride on the handlebars of his tricycle and later bicycle.

He watched in amazement as his Grandmother would have chickens perch on her shoulders as she walked around the gardens.

Around the age of 10, John was given a rooster as a gift. George was a White Rock Cock and won First Place in the Barnstable County Fair on Cape Cod. John made his little brother sleep on the ground at the Fair to keep anyone from stealing George. Not long after his win, George was attacked by a dog.

John’s grandparents, Sadie and Percy, nursed George back to health building him a wooden cage that they kept under the piano stool in the dining room. George was never the same after the attack, only letting John’s grandmother care for him. John has been spreading the love of the rooster ever since…..

John has been painting Roosters for over 30 years. Self-taught John’s paintings are bright, colorful and whimsical. His art career began with he started giving the paintings away as gifts to family and friends.

During his first show as a professional artist John sold 18 paintings and was offered three commissions.

John recently appeared in Season 9 of CBS’s Emmy award winning travel reality show “The Amazing Race,” where he met cast mate Lisa Hinds. John says thru the encouragement of Lisa he has been able to gain the confidence to pursue his dream of being an artist.

John currently lives in his 1885 brownstone that he is restoring in Dorchester, Mass.
He shares his home with his three dogs, Percy, Sadie and Hector, and spends his weekends on Cape Cod.


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