Rowley makes welcome return

Jann Rowley is holding her first exhibition after a three-year break. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401623
Jann Rowley is holding her first exhibition after a three-year break. Picture: Marcus Whisson d401623

Gifts From King Tarshish ” comprising 30 works, including a 12-piece installation ” continues Rowley’s focus on primal and expressive mixed media, with a combination of landscape and abstract paintings.

Her works feature in major corporate collections, including Westpac, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Raffles Hotel, Crown Perth and St George’s Private Hospital in Sydney.

‘It’s gone from my early work, which was much more figurative, and into total abstraction, which could be read as some kind of code,’ Rowley said.

‘Everybody will view the world through their experience ” beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’

Describing her process as intuitive and spiritual-based, the artist made her foray into the art world after having her epiphany as a six-year-old growing up in Sydney.

‘I walked through the bush in the city, along Sydney Harbour, and there were very few houses around and there was a woman sitting besides the road painting.

‘I knew straight away this is what I wanted to do,’ Rowley said.

‘Mrs Henderson was her name. She would have been about 60 and she gave me the blueprint of my life.’

Inspired by that profound encounter, Rowley has held more than 30 solo exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions in the US, Europe and Australia.