Richard Rowan

Lives and works: Wimbledon, London
“By capturing the movement of light, I encourage my viewers to feel as if they are there in the moment. ”

From braving the Icelandic wilderness to traversing the towering mountains of Norway, Richard’s glass landscapes are fuelled by a passion for nature and travel.

Inspiration

Richard's stunning vistas of skies and landscapes are a definite conversation-starter. Known for his reverse technique of painting – in which he paints backwards on the opposite side of a sheet of glass – the artist says he is on a constant learning curve. The medium enables him to achieve a much smoother gradient and colour spectrum than canvas. In turn, his natural phenomena are brought to life.

His unconventional method was honed using glass from the local tip whilst working at Formula One. Inspired by the art of J.M.W. Turner, he became fascinated by the power of light.

Richard says: “I am inspired by the magnificence and splendour of the natural environment. By capturing the movement of light, I try to encourage my viewers to feel as if they are there in the moment.”

Other Artists you may like

Couldn't find what you're looking for? We've hand picked some suggestions for you.

Inside the world of Richard Rowan

Richard is known for his back-to-front painting technique, whereby he paints in oil on the opposite side of the glass (something he admits has taken a lot of practice!). The glass is then baked in a makeshift box, where it dries out over two weeks. Following this, he scratches out the paint to add detail. 

He adds: "Instead of painting with acrylics, decorating paints or inks - in my eyes an abomination - I discovered the reflection of light . It was in this moment that my life started."

Richard's studio is at the end of the garden at his Victorian house near Wimbledon. He spends most of the day in his artspace, often working on up to five paintings at once. Once his children return from school, he enjoys some family time before getting back to his art. 

From the blog

Shop our Spring/Summer 2021 collection

Our latest releases include sculptures from father-and-daughter duo Steve and Roxy Winterburn, plus limited edition prints by the 'granddaddy of western Pop Art', Billy Schenck. Plus watch our exclusive video with Stuart McAlpine Miller.

Why gothic art isn't just for Halloween

Dating back to the 12th century, this genre is associated with the spookiest night of the year. But with our twisted collection of artworks, you can enjoy the dark side all year round.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2021

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | 2020

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Thank you for signing up to our newsletter.

Be Inspired

Join our mailing list for all the latest art news, lifestyle features & artist updates. We'll help kick-start your collection with £25 off your first purchase.*
*Terms and conditions apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please accept our terms and conditions

© Copyright Washington Green Retail Limited trading as Castle Fine Art. First published 2012, last updated 2021. Washington Green Retail Limited acts as a credit broker and offers credit products from Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance.

Washington Green Retail Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our registration number is 726395. Credit provided subject to age and status. Terms & Conditions Privacy Cookies V12 Finance