Richard Rowan – Aurora Borealis
Meet the artist Saturday 8th April 2017
Mesmerising, ethereal, elusive and arguably one of nature's most impressive displays, the northern lights have proved a worthy subject or this latest body of work by Richard Rowan, Aurora Borealis.
In the pursuit of perfection, Richard travelled to Iceland to witness this marvel for himself. Accompanied by a local photographer and filmmaker, he was able to explore locations far from the usual tourist trail. He was rewarded with impossibly wide skies full of vivid colours, shooting rays, a magical glow and a hypnotic dancing of light.
The aurora is a notoriously difficult subject matter for artists to capture, but Richard's precise & painstaking 'back to front' method of applying oils on glass, working from the foreground backwards, lends itself beautifully to the subject matter. With each layer needing up to two weeks to dry, before the aurora was added as the final element, timing truly is everything.
Richard will be making a personal appearance at The Exchange's Castle Fine Art Gallery onSaturday 8th April from 1pm - 4pm, when he will be on hand to talk about his technique and this fascinating and illuminating body of work.
About the artist
Leaving his fast-paced lifestyle behind changed everything for Richard and he has since devoted all of his time to art on glass, his preferred medium, using a unique style of oil painting.
From a design and fine art background, after finishing his artist's training, Richard found an artist's life very difficult to establish and a designer's one very frustrating. Richard ended up in the motor sport business ranging from world rally to Formula 1 - travelling worldwide for the next five years.
Having seen so much of the world Richard's whole outlook on life changed; he never put down his drawing pad, constantly sketching cars and scenery. Never feeling quite at home and constantly living out of a suitcase, Richard would produce art pieces when back at home and sell them at local galleries, this leading to commissions.
Leaving the race track and 'go go' lifestyle behind changed everything for Richard and he has since devoted all of his time to art on glass, his preferred medium, using a unique style of oil painting.
Landscapes and skies are constantly changing, giving Richard Rowan a constant flow of inspiration which he enjoys exploring.
Richard sketches many scenes in the countryside which he records in a book, as well as taking digital images. His reference material contains anything from scenes of the Lake District to Hanoi. When back in the studio, Richard uses these images to transport himself back to these stunning locations and plan out a design of the picture to develop on glass.
Richard likes to challenge himself with difficult work, commenting that "painting oil on glass can make you want to tear your hair out", but is also satisfying at the same time. When he sits down to paint, he wants to paint better than the last time; pushing the boundaries of what he can do. Once he finishes a painting, he wants people to look at the piece, be drawn in and find themselves lost in his work.
Castle Fine Art
8-10, The Exchange
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