Artist Bio: Eric Dowdle

Eric Dowdle is a very popular artist for puzzles. So popular, in fact, that he has his own puzzle company: Dowdle Folk Art. We carry Dowdle Folk Art puzzles that feature images of some very recognizable towns in Dowdle’s very recognizable hand. Charming and colorful, these renditions are some of the most well-liked puzzles around!

dowdle folk art, new york city, statue of liberty, america
Statue of Liberty. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle was born into a family of twelve children (ten boys and two girls) in the Western United States. His family focused on old fashioned values that he thinks are reflective in his art—those values of hard work and  devotion to God and country.

jerusalem, religious puzzles, folk art religious
Jerusalem. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.
texas, travel, landmarks
Galveston, TX. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Eventually the family lived in Boston, Massachusetts where Dowdle said he developed his fascination with folk art. His unique style has been applied to cities all around the country and world from Boise, Idaho New York, New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

new york city, central park, christmas puzzles, winter
Central Park. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

No matter the city, Dowdle applies the same unique style that somehow manages to cncompass an “essence” of what people feel about their home. It’s a sort of magical quality that makes everywhere beautiful and homey, no matter how big or small.

hong kong
Hong Kong. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.
oregon puzzles, northwest jigsaw
Portland, OR. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle’s first gallery was in the Cottonwood mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now his work has been featured all over the country in different galleries and historical pageants. Currently Dowdle, his wife, and five children reside in Lindon, Utah. To date, he says his most flattering award is the one he received at the 1997 Latter Day Saints Church Art Competition.

paris puzzles, france
Paris. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle also loves to illustrate stadiums and fields of some of your favorite sports teams, from Wrigley Field to the Boise State Broncos football stadium. Check out more Dowdle Folk Art puzzles for puzzles of zoos, ballon festivals, more!


2 thoughts on “Artist Bio: Eric Dowdle

  1. Susanna

    July 10, 2013 1:46

    I love his art! I have a lot of his puzzles but have only done 3 so far – one of the 100 piece Toys puzzles, Whistler, and Bear Lake. I think Whistler was the most challenging with lots of blue roofs! The packaging is among the fanciest I’ve seen – fold over top, folded poster of puzzle, included zippy bag..very nice! And the pieces are really colorful – I like the 500 piece puzzles best.

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