Richard Rowan Autumn Release

Richard Rowan Autumn Release

M P Gallery are proud to be able to offer the new releases by Richard Rowan. Newly arrived into the gallery are the four brand new pieces by this very talented UK artist. The new releases are Above the Trees, Perfecting Beauty, Magic At Midnight, Lucky Strike.

Accompanied by a local photographer and filmmaker, Richard Rowan was able to explore locations far from the usual trail, which entailed driving out into the wilds, walking in the darkness and waiting in the cold, sometimes until three in the morning, for the magic of the aurora to begin.Such measures were necessary; as with all natural phenomena, there are no guarantees or cast iron timetables to be followed. The winter months are usually the best time to see them, on clear and cloudless night skies, in rural areas of Nordic countries, with low light pollution. Sightings can vary in intensity and also duration, lastng anywhere between fleeting minutes to hours on occasion.

“One of my earliest memories of being an artist is when I was 6 years old painting with poster paints at the kitchen table while the family were fixed in front of the TV. Using stolen architectural (just finished) drawings of my Dads I would be filling in all the rooms in colour and drawing people stood next to the buildings. I’ve never seen my Dad so upset and angry, but he is now my biggest fan.

From a design and fine art background in Northampton I went on to win the Daily Mail’s ‘Artist of the Year’ award in 1992. After finishing my training I found an artist life very difficult to establish and a designer’s one very frustrating. So after this I found myself in the motor sport business ranging from world rally to formula one – travelling worldwide for the next 5 years. Having seen so much of the world whilst doing this it changed my whole outlook on life, but I never put down my drawing pad constantly sketching cars and scenery at any spare moment. Never feeling quite at home constantly living out of a suitcase, I would produce art pieces when back at home and sell at local galleries which then brought in commissions from various people. Leaving the race track and ‘go go’ lifestyle behind has changed everything for me.

For the last 3 years I have devoted all of my time to art on glass which is my preferred medium, using a unique style of oil painting as opposed to the more traditional canvas or board.”