My art switches back and forth between an engagement with socio-political issues and subconscious renderings. I can’t escape my concern for the wrongdoing in the world and within my art a surface layer of humour, absurdity and the arcane masks a strong undercurrent of concern for humanity. When I ease off the direct engagement with current affairs, symbols, objects and graphic devices float up from somewhere in my memory and arrange themselves in unlikely compositions.
I work with both paint and print process. The materials that I use are often intrinsically connected with the images they portray such as the work Drool, an installation made with ink containing herbs and spices from the G20 countries and the Serbian paprika used in Deprecated Location, a screen print depicting Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Recent paintings, drawings and prints present an obsession with clay pipe fragments, hazard warnings, cylindrical containers and clouds of particulates.
Carl Rowe studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating with an MA in 1985. He currently lives in Norwich and is a former Associate Professor and Course Leader in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts. He is an artist member and studio holder at OUTPOST in Norwich and is also a member of the Printmakers Council. Rowe has an international profile as both an artist and an academic. His work has been exhibited widely in the UK as well as in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Canada, US, Estonia, Japan, Malaysia and Egypt. In addition to studio production he has also worked on public art including billboards, print portfolios and hospital art. In 2018 Rowe was commissioned by Hospital Rooms to make work for Woodlands Mental Health Unit at Ipswich Hospital and again in 2019 for Northside House Forensic Mental Health Unit. Recent creative workshops have been devised for HMP Norwich and the Change Minds charity.
2022 studioUS, an Original Projects exhibition at PRIMEYARC, Great Yarmouth
2021 Not Quite Aligned, (solo) Mandell's Gallery, Norwich
Northside House / Hospital Rooms, (group) EastGalleryNUA, including: Dexter Dalwood, Naomi Harwin,
Jade Montserrat, Cara Nahaul, Richard Wentworth
Somewhere Unexpected: Norwich Castle Open, (group) Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
The Waiting Place, (group) The Art Station, Suffolk
Territory, (group touring) The Wright Gallery, Texas A & M University
2020 Colour, Printmakers Council online exhibition in conjunction with Royal Overseas League, London
Unrealised, May 2020, Group exhibition in virtual gallery PSX including: Fay Nicolson, Marcia Farquhar, Henry
Jackson Newcomb, Klanghaus, Sarah Cameron, Krzysztof Fijalkowski and others. Curated by Carl Rowe.
Essentials, April 2020, Group exhibition in virtual gallery PSX including: Richard Sawdon Smith, Martin Firrell,
Cécile Pitois, Sarah Horton, Olivia Bax, Marcus Cope and others. Curated by Carl Rowe
2019 Hospital Rooms, Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich
(with Tal Rosner, Nancy Milner, Rebecca Byrne, Nick Knight and Tim A Shaw)
Territory, (group touring) Lust and the Apple, Edinburgh (May), CLB Berlin (April)
2018 Ecstasy in Norwich, LOWER.GREEN, Norwich
State of Print, (group touring) - Norwich, Preston, DCA Dundee, Limerick
WAC 18, Wells Art Contemporary, Bishop's Palace, Wells Somerset
Cracking, Biblioteca Central, Santander, Spain
9th International Printmaking Biennial, Dourou, Portugal
2017 OUTPOST members' show, selected by Andy Holden
We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
BALLOT (touring), CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (June 2017), Contemporary Art Museum Naples (September 2017) Nunnsyard Gallery Norwich (October), Belltable Arts Centre Limerick (June 2018)
Palacio de Exposiciones de Santander Spain (September 2019)
Rudi Dutschke, (group) Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
3rd Global Print 2017, Douro, Portugal
Lasting Impressions: Selected Work from the Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Art Gallery
2016 Constellation, group show at Undercroft Norwich. In collaboration with Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
We Came Here to Conquer II, Norwich
2015 East/West, Print portfolio (devised and published by Carl Rowe), China Academy of Arts
Art Hub Print Open, Deptford, London
Okanagan Print Triennial, British Columbia, Canada
2014 SAVORR XII, Norwich
We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Arts Centre (group print show)
Jackpot, Billboard Hoarding, Nuffield Hospital Cambridge (commissioned)
Barbecue (in association with LiveBox Gallery), film-screening event at Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago, US
2013 A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy, Art Laboratory Berlin
2012 Neo:Print Prize, Bolton
Print Odyssey, Stew Gallery, Norwich
2011 3rd Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
For Love not Money, 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia
KIWA (Kyoto International Woodcut Association), Kyoto, Japan
2010 Global Studio, The Bluecoat, Liverpool
Penang 2nd International Print, Malaysia
We Are What We Do, NUCA Fine Art staff show at Stew gallery, Norwich
Commissions, Installations, Performance and Public Works
2021 BE, Hospital Rooms commission for Northside House, Forensic mental health unit, Norwich.
2018 Have Strength Find Peace, Hospital Rooms commission for Woodlands mental health unit
at Ipswich Hospital, https://hospital-rooms.com
2014 Jackpot, editioned print for Nuffield Hospital Cambridge (commissioned)
in connection with billboard public art project.
2017 BALLOT, portfolio of prints made in collaboration between Norwich
University of the Arts, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork Printmakers, Limerick School of Art & Design. Published and exhibited at FIRSTEDITION print symposium presented by Cork Printmakers.
2015 EAST/WEST, portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts, Published and exhibited at IMPACT 9 Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Arts.
2013 12, portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University of the Arts, Published at IMPACT 8: Borders and Crossings: The Artist as Explorer International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference 2013
Reviews and Catalogues
2021 Geitner, A., Distant Signals, Catalogue essay for Not Quite Aligned showing at Mandell's Gallery, Norwich
Northside House: A Hospital Rooms Project, Eustance, P and Steer, T., Hospital Rooms, London (2021)
2018 Hospital Rooms: Woodlands, White, N., Hospital Rooms, London (2018)
2015 Low, J. Material Consciousness, Vernon Public Art Gallery, British Columbia, (2015)
2011 Kaljula, L., For Love Not Money p353 ISBN 978-9949-21-547-8, Tallinn, 2011
2010 Rahman, A M., Pipe 10 p76 ISBN 978-983-42376-4-6, Malaysia, (2010)
Griffin, J,. Global Studio http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/626390