Statement

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. 

Biography

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.

 

Selected Exhibitions

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.

            https://hospital-rooms.com/northside-house

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.

 

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 http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/626390