Two stunning new pieces from RICHARD ROWAN.
Who is Richard Rowan?
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.
Wait and See
“I do not paint people in the paintings I want the viewer to feel they are the only person privileged to see the view. The works are trying to transport people out of their lives and take them somewhere else.”
Richard’s method is quite unique, it is back-to-front painting on the reverse side of glass, using oils. He begins with his hands underneath the glass painting upwards and looking down on the emerging image. He always paints the foreground details first, then the drying time begins and he gradually progresses back through the piece with the last detail to paint being the furthest point in the distance. From the moment the oil paint is squeezed from the tube to the stage where it is dry takes about a week. Over that week the oil constantly changes consistency from being slick and wet, to tacky, and slowly starting to set dry. Richard only has a widow of a couple of hours at any point in time to get to the paint and achieve the effect he wants.
Have It All
“Both Pieces in this collection are based on photos I took from a trip to the Lake District about a year ago. I was in a boat, looking towards the shore.”