Jeff Rowland depicts the City of Love

Jeff Rowland’s paintings create an entire story and timeless quality that seems to linger on the lips like a first kiss. His work echoes a pathetic fallacy of endless rain, amidst two lovers. Artworx Gallery are proud to release this latest collection of Jeff Rowland’s paintings depicting the illustrious scenes of Venice, the city of love. 

A View to Remember by Jeff Rowland

A View to Remember by Jeff Rowland

Jeff Rowland is celebrated for his fantastic rainy scenes that offer a strong, yet open narrative. Anyone who has felt love and intimacy can relate to his emotive paintings. Jeff Rowland paints from his studio on the North East Coast, near Newcastle and claims his inspiration for painting rain soaked streets comes from his love of cinema. Using a traditional film noir inspired style, Rowland works into each piece exposing the tiny details, whilst allowing the viewer to make their own interpretation. Jeff talks about his work,

“I have always been fascinated in two areas of art; the implicit meaning and the inspiration. I was inspired to paint a rain soaked street through films I saw at the cinema. I watched The Bridges of Madison County, a film about an accidental relationship between a man and woman. The film is always shot in beautiful sunshine, until the end, when the relationship has to end and the rain really falls, giving an implicit meaning that the relationship is being washed away. The Road to Perdition is another example. At the end of the film, relationships are ending, implied by the use of falling rain.”

“I like to let the viewer of the painting make their own mind up about what is happening with the characters in the composition.”

“I like to add street signs pointing in two different directions suggesting that these two people are coming together, or are they splitting up? Maybe they are having an affair; is their love a secret or are they simply going back to the bar where they first met? This is also helped by composing the painting on a street corner. A view of two roads meeting or two paths crossing. In their relationship, has the bar become ‘their bar’? The viewer has the answer.”

“As part of the working process, I am always inspired to experience what I am about to paint. I remember Billy Connelly saying that he hated songs about Scotland that were written by men in London: men who had never even seen the Highlands. In other words, if you are going to do something creative, get to the very heart of it first. I did a series of paintings about Trawler men some time ago. I researched the project by going out into the North Sea with the men, on a trawler and sketching them while they worked. They thought I was mad, getting soaking wet, freezing cold and stinking of fish…but I loved it. I now use this approach to my rain paintings. Living on the North East Coast we get our fair share of rain. When it rains, I feel the need to get out there and sketch. Look at how rain can bounce off the ground and car roofs; the reflection from car lights and street lights.”

Magical by Jeff Rowland

Magical by Jeff Rowland

 

For more information about Jeff Rowland and his work please visit

Jeff Rowland at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU.

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