Rowena Comrie



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Colour Ghosts Oil on Canvas 150cm x 115cm 2014

Absolutely Oil on Canvas 30cm x 40cm (approx) 2015

Vincents Chamber Oil on Canvas 120cm x 115 cm (approx) 2015

Out of This World, Oil on Canvas 90cm x 160cm

Night Beach, New Year Oil on Canvas 150cm x 150cm

The Sun Never Sets (study for 'Empire') 122cm x 122cm


"When Andre Breton described his surrealist world as ‘beyond space and time’ he introduced a liberating concept. Recently I have worked to bring into my art new thoughts and feelings seeking after a personal freedom in the aesthetic experience. I want to create artworks that liberate the personality, yet balance the subconscious delights of chance possible in spontaneity and a consciously considered formal arrangement of colours and shapes. My art is concerned with revealing an alternative way to imagine the human condition, and to express the experience of those ideas and thoughts in an exciting aesthetic manner. I hope my paintings open up to viewers an alternative way of sensing life beyond the limits of nature where space and form create a universe of ideas and suggestions that stimulate the imagination. This aesthetic in my painting is further informed by vibrating colour relationships and formal balancing. The tension between colours and shapes offers to the viewer both an immediate spontaneous response and considered intellectual reflection."

Her work is represented in several National Collections.


Rowena Comrie has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years; in january 2010 she relocated from Aberdeen to Glasgow where she now works from a WASPS studio in the Gallowgate Studios.

She was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and in 1982 completed her BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Reading University where she embraced expressionist colourfield painting with confidence and passion.
In her past role as the President of the Scottish Artists Union, along with the SAU Executive, she worked towards improving working conditions for Visual Artists in Scotland. She continues to be an active member of the SAU Executive having completed the maximum three year term as President.
In 2011 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Aspect Prize, resulting in an exhibition at the Fleming Collection Galleries in London.
In 2012 Rowena was awarded Professional Development funding from Creative Scotland which enabled her to accept a residency opportunity in Indiana USA, commencing April 2013.

A major solo exhibition took place in March 2015 at New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University :


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