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"George Rowlett: Prime Elements"
2003-05-23 until 2003-06-21
Art Space Gallery
UK United Kingdom
George Rowlett, born in Troon on the West Coast of Scotland in 1941,
attended Camberwell School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. For over a
decade now his powerful landscape images with their energetic brushwork and
expressive colour have made frequent and welcome appearances in one-man and
mixed exhibitions at Art Space Gallery.
Working directly from the subject, the surface of his canvases are built up
often with extraordinary speed to a rich and succulent impasto where colour
and surface combine to convey atmosphere, light and mass. Rowlett delights
in the properties of thick paint and has developed his own very personal
visual language to observe and to record the two places where he lives and
works: the Thames at Rotherhithe and the coastal area of East Kent. Also
included in the exhibition will be paintings from two totally new subjects;
the ancient Walmer Yew which stands in the churchyard adjacent to his
studio, and Chatham Historic Dockyards, where a commission to paint the view
looking over the Medway from Strood yielded an additional five paintings.
To mark the occasion of this exhibition Art Space Gallery has published a 24
page catalogue that contains 12 colour plates and an essay by Mark
Glazebrook. In this essay Mark Glazebrook writes:
"Above all George Rowlett has created a great series of landscapes. He
has carved out his own modest but distinct place in the evolution of
landscape painting. Viewed from very close, the images in Rowlett's
landscapes dissolve into swirling abstractions. His landscapes make their
presence felt not only as lively, original and imaginative renderings of the
busy Thames or the quiet cornfields, cliffs and churchyards of Kent, but
also as weighty, tactile physical objects."