Josh Rowell British , b. 1990

Biography

Josh Rowell generates his artistic vision by focusing on technological advances that shape our contemporary lives, communicating our increasingly mediated human interactions within the confines of visual art. The artist balances analogue techniques with the instantaneous nature of the digital age. This juxtaposition produces a language that explores and reshapes information, and celebrates the hand-made in a time that is increasingly being enveloped by the virtual.

Since his emergence as an abstract painter, Rowell has expanded to sculpture, mixed media, and often times working with light, video, and sound installations. Despite these disparate media, everything is underpinned by a coding system, “everything can be reduced to a molecular binarism where all systems can be simplified to yes/no decisions,” the artist explains.

Mirroring the proliferation associated with the technological advancements these codes can generate, Rowell paints a vernacular, as evident by his “Painting Language” series, far more complex and carrying greater levels of information than a traditional one-zero binary. The language of colour, pattern, and form, is seen as dots laboriously covering canvases. These sequences, which the artist developed himself, read as a codified communiqué to create new forms of visual text that explore the possibilities and boundaries of expression and information. 

Born in 1990 in Kent, England, Rowell graduated from Kingston Art School in 2013, where he received a first class BFA with honours. Following a course in Art Criticism at Central Saint Martins college, Rowell returned to Kingston Art School for an MFA in 2015, where he was awarded a first- class distinction. His works have been exhibited in London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Basel, Hong Kong and Mexico and his works are part of public collections including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Gregorian Foundation in Washington, London Kingston University's contemporary art collection, and the Matilda collection in San Miguel De Allende. In 2017/18 he had his first museum exhibition at the Palacio Nacional de Guatemala. Rowell won the Public Choice award at the VIA Arts Prize 2017, and was included in Future Now, the yearly publication by Aesthetica listing the 100 most interesting emerging artists of the year. In 2019 he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. 

Josh Rowell has work in private collections in UK, USA, Canada, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Bermuda, Hungary, Mexico and Peru.

Works
  • Josh Rowell, Anyone? 21, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    Anyone? 21, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, Anyone? 22, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    Anyone? 22, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, Anyone? 23, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    Anyone? 23, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, Anyone? 24, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    Anyone? 24, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, Hercules and the Nemean Lion, After Rubens, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    Hercules and the Nemean Lion, After Rubens, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, VF#17, 2021
    Josh Rowell
    VF#17, 2021
  • Josh Rowell, Kanye Blessed, 2020
    Josh Rowell
    Kanye Blessed, 2020
  • Josh Rowell, Toxic Relationship, 2020
    Josh Rowell
    Toxic Relationship, 2020
  • Josh Rowell, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel (Language Painting), 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Ferdinand Lured by Ariel (Language Painting), 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Portrait/Portrait/Ritratto/Retrato, Queneau, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Portrait/Portrait/Ritratto/Retrato, Queneau, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7094 - 7442, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7094 - 7442, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7443 - 7794, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7443 - 7794, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7795 - 8130, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Socrates Apology by Plato, Words 7795 - 8130, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Toxic Relationship II, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Toxic Relationship II, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Virtually Fragile #10, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Virtually Fragile #10, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Virtually Fragile #14 Study II, 2019
    Josh Rowell
    Virtually Fragile #14 Study II, 2019
  • Josh Rowell, Virtually Fragile #4, 2018
    Josh Rowell
    Virtually Fragile #4, 2018
  • Josh Rowell, Virtually Fragile #6, 2018
    Josh Rowell
    Virtually Fragile #6, 2018
  • Josh Rowell, Virtually Fragile #7, 2018
    Josh Rowell
    Virtually Fragile #7, 2018
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