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Carl Rowe makes paintings, prints, drawings, and objects. His approach to making art sways between concept and not knowing. The subjects that he questions through his creative process are diverse and include pollen, eels, scaffolds, calibrations, logos, traps, donuts, and domestic objects. Real space coexists with imaginary space in an implausible graphic paradigm. Physical things are incorporated into paintings and painted surfaces evolve into concrete objects. Colour is notable, in some works naturalistic and low key, but in others it is ramped-up to a feverish vibrancy. All of this appears within seemingly non-sensical and vexing unions. There is a strong sense of duality and unseen forces at play. Some works have no discernible subject matter, others are like signs or cyphers or warnings.



Carl Rowe is an artist living and working in the East of England. His visual practice is based at OUTPOST studios in Norwich, and he works part-time as Senior Research Fellow at Norwich University of the Arts. Rowe has engaged with creative and academic projects widely in the UK and in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Canada, US, Estonia, Japan, Malaysia, and Egypt. In addition to studio production, he works on public art initiatives including billboards, print portfolios and commissions. In 2018 he was invited by the charity 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 Hospital Rooms, HMP Norwich, Clear Channel, Norfolk and Suffolk Secure & Forensic Services and The Restoration Trust. Rowe is a member of OUTPOST gallery and studios, East Anglia Art Fund, and the Printmakers Council, and a trustee of Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society.


Selected Exhibitions

2024   Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield (group)


2023   Colour, Cromer Artspace


           Holding Space, Hospital Rooms, Hauser & Wirth, London


           The Assembly House Summer Open, Norwich

2022   studioUS, an Original Projects exhibition at PRIMEYARC, Great Yarmouth

           Winter Exhibition, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

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,

2014    Jackpot, editioned print for Nuffield Hospital Cambridge (commissioned)

            in connection with billboard public art project.


Published Work

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)

            ISBN 978-1-80068-289-4

2018    Hospital Rooms: Woodlands, White, N., Hospital Rooms, London (2018)

2015    Low, J. Material Consciousness, Vernon Public Art Gallery, British Columbia, (2015)

            ISBN 978-1-927407-16-5

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

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