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 where he is an Associate Professor 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 is currently engaged in a new project with Hospital Rooms. 



2021   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 (further venues to be added)  

            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 2018)

 Rudi Dutschke, group show at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

            3rd Global Print 2017, Douro, Portugal (August 2017)

            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

            BLAST, Yallops, Norwich (one-person)

            Okanagan Print Triennial, British Columbia, Canada

            Hidden in Plain Sight, NUA Gallery, Norwich


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


2009    Edit, recent collages, Playhouse, Norwich

            Feast, group show at Stew gallery, Norwich

            Cook Books, performance, Tokyo, Japan


2008    Tokyo Sat-Nav, Ice Sculpture Trail video projections, Norwich

            Outpost Members Show, Outpost Gallery, Norwich

            Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton, Group show

            Tempura, video work for Aurora International Film Festival, Norwich

            Salivate, video projection (6 person) Anglia Square Shopping Centre, Norwich


2007    Ready-Steady-Marinetti, Oliver Cromwell Televisuals, Outpost Gallery/CAN Norwich

            Guanlan Print Biennial, Shenzen, China

            Cyclone, Norwich Fringe Festival


2006    Cyclone, Hat Factory, Luton (one-person)

            Group Show, Kunstlerhaus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany  (Catalogue)

            Snap, Street Gallery, UCLH London        

            5th Egyptian International Print Triennial, Cairo, Egypt (Catalogue)


2005    Dislocation, Visions Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. (two-person) (Catalogue-web site)

            Cultural Transport/Moving Targets, Impact4, Berlin and Poznan.

            Publish and be Damned, Outpost Gallery, Norwich.

            Wrexham Print International, Wrexham Art Centre. (Catalogue)


2004    Printed on the Mind, Morley Gallery, London.

            Wall Works, Norwich Fringe Festival, Kings Street, Norwich.

            Field of Vision, Lab Gallery, New York.

            Crossing the Line - Salthouse 4, Norfolk. (Catalogue)


2003    Domestic Haz-Chem, Leicester City Art Gallery off-site, Leicester. (one-person)

            DO-DONOT/CAN-CANNOT, Impact 3, Cape Town. RSA.

            Light and Space -Salthouse 3, Norfolk.


2002    Life/SIZE, PM Gallery & House, London. (Catalogue)


2001    H2O, Shoreditch Gallery, London. (one-person) (Catalogue)

            The Language of Water, Hotbath Gallery, Bath.

            Beyond the Surface, Gallery Westland Place, London.


2000    The Contemporary British Print Show, Barbican, London.


1999    Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall.


1998    Open Studios - SPACE Studios, Lea Bridge Road, London.


1997    Universal Themes, Drumcroon Art Centre, Wigan.  (Catalogue)       


1996    Anderson O'Day Showroom, London.                                                     


1993    Hall Gallery, London. (one-person) (Catalogue)


1990    Air Gallery, London.


1987    Anderson O’Day Gallery, London.


1986    Art East Temporary Gallery, Leytonstone, London.


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.


2009    8 Ways to Cook the Books, performance, Tokyo, Japan


2007    Artwork/installation for Neutrinos video “one way kiss”, edited by Dan Tombs


2006    Hayvend multiple, edition of 100 artworks for vending machines

            ‘209 shorts’, 209 Radio Cambridge,


2005    Future FM Radio,

            Web work to coincide with Dislocation, Tokyo.


2003    Virgin CD Gallery. Exhibition of multiples in CD boxes, Virgin Megastore, Norwich.

            Talk Portfolio of prints published through Norwich School of Art and Design.


2002    Postcards from the Coast, Lowtide 2002. International ecology awareness event.

            Currency Portfolio of prints published through Norwich School of Art and Design


2000    Splash Zone, installation, Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings.       

            Lowtide 2000. Beach project, Hastings.


1999    Walk Photographic installation at Conquest Hospital, Hastings.


1997    Ceiling mural for C.T. Scanner Room at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

            C.T. Scanner room.


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


2009    8 Ways to Cook the Books, 20 page artist’s book published in an edition of 50. Launched at Impact 6, Bristol  


            Market, collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich University College of the Arts and             Boston University, USA. Edited by Carl Rowe and Professor Deborah Cornell.


            8 Ways to Cook the Books: Art, Food and Politics. Paper delivered at Impact Conference, Bristol, September             2009.


2007    Evolution, collaborative portfolio of prints by staff and students from Norwich School of Art & Design,                         California State University, USA and Asagaya College of Art & Design, Tokyo. Conceived and edited by Carl             Rowe.


2005    Context, (printed multiple) published by Original Projects at Outpost Gallery, Norwich. Exhibited at ‘Publish             and be Damned’.


2003    Nursing the Artist in the UK, essay in catalogue for Robin Blackledge's residency and commission for Norfolk             & Norwich NHS University Hospital.


2002    Life/SIZE, PM Gallery & House, Exhibition catalogue, text and illustrations.


2001    Retox Exhibition catalogue for H2O at the Shoreditch Gallery, London, text and illustrations by Carl Rowe -             ISBN 1872482 58 9.


1997    Universal Themes - Investigating and Understanding, Drumcroon Art Centre, text by Rod Taylor.


1994    The Role of the War Artist, Imperial War Museum, Panel member at Conference (with Peter Howson and             Humphrey Ocean) transcript published by Imperial War Museum.


1993    Carl Rowe, Raleigh International expedition artist, Namibia1992 Exhibition Catalogue with colour images,             text by Mary Hall. Exhibition at Hall Gallery, London.



Published Academic Papers


2013    EASTprint IMPACT 8: Borders and Crossings: The Artist as Explorer International Multi-Disciplinary                         Printmaking Conference 2013


            A Banquet for Ultra Bankruptcy: Desire*Flow*Inhibit, Essay and text written to accompany the performance             and installation at the Arts Laboratory Berlin March 2013


2011    8 Ways to Cook the Books: Art, Politics and Food, Paper written for Impact 7 International Printmaking                         Conference September 2011


Reviews and Catalogues


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

2004    Chetcuti, M., Salthouse 04 Crossing The line, Norwich 2004

            Leeming, C., Domestic Haz-Chem a-n 2004