Keith Rowe, Jungle Series Vase

Keith Rowe, amber fungia, 9x9

Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe, Small Bushfire Series Vase

Keith Rowe, Gold Coastal Series Vessel

Keith Rowe, Amber & Pink Watercolor Vase

Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe, Blue Cloud Series Vase

Keith Rowe, African Series Vessel

The driving force that keeps me making glass is the challenge to my personal aesthetic judgments and creative skills. As each day passes I am surprised at what I learn and the fact that it happens every day. Inspiration is a two-fold process—the external, where I live and work, my friends and family, and the internal—a desire to see a balance between the colors and the forms I work with.

Glass is the substance of Keith Rowe’s life. From his early postgraduate days of learning to control the medium, through developing a viable and attractive commercial range of products, to his present practice as one of Australia’s most innovative practitioners, he has mastered a form of expression that celebrates the inherent characteristics of the medium. The sensation of liquidity, light, and space are all present in Rowe’s vessels.

Rowe often marries his personal attraction to the natural landscape to his innate understanding of design. Motorbike rides and driving in the country inspire his Landscape series and trips to the bush with the moonlight reflecting in the streams and rivers his Moonlight series. The basis of his Bushfire series comes from the 1993 bushfires in the Blue Mountains where ash and smoke enveloped Rowe’s studio for weeks. “The intensity of the fires was both destructive and beautiful and left an indelible impression on my visual senses. The solid color trailed onto the glass represents the flames as they burst high above the surrounding landscape.” The work itself is made using ash from the bushfires.

“My pieces are an acknowledgment of our beautiful and wondrous world in
what is a very fragile place in this planetary experience.”

~ Keith Rowe


Recent Awards
2018  Invited to participate in the Door County, Wisconsin Plein Air Festival July 2018
2017  1st Place Dominion River Rock Plein Air Paint-off
2016  Artist’s Choice Award and Juror’s Choice Award at Bath County Plein Air Festival Selected One Person Shows
2018  Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2017  McGuire Fine Art, Frederick, Maryland
2014  Quirk Gallery, “Inside Out,” Richmond, VA
2012  Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA
2012  St. Christophers School, Richmond, VA (through Page Bond Gallery)
2012  Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
2011  Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2009  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
2008  Tew Galleries, Atlanta, Georgia
2007  Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
2006  Tew Galleries, Atlanta, Georgia
2006  Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2004  Flippo Gallery, Randolph Macon College, Ashland VA
2003  VCU-Q, Doha, Qatar
2002  1708 Gallery, Richmond VA
2002  Varfok Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2000  Turkish American Association, Ankara, Turkey

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018  Group Show, “Life on the Lynnhaven,” Beach Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA,
2018  “Spring,” Warm Springs Gallery, April
2017  “Nightlife,” Warm Springs Gallery, August–September
2017  “Blue,” Warm Springs Gallery,  April–July
2012  Snow Show, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2011  Borospatak Residency Group Exhibition Borospatak, Romania
2011  Mednyansky Artist Group Arad Fine Art Museum, Romania
2010  Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
2009  Goda Gallery Amsterdam Holland
2003  Lendrum Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2002  Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY Education
Cyprus College of Art, postgraduate course in painting, Lemba near Paphos, Cyprus 1987–1988
Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA with Minor in Art History, 1986
Winchester College of Art Exchange Program, 1985 Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville VA
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, Charlottesville, VA
The Anita and Richard Towell Centennial Collection, Richmond, VA
College of William and Mary, VA
University of Richmond Marsh Art Gallery, Richmond, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Liberty Property and Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
Owens and Minor, Richmond, VA
Dominion Resources, Richmond, VA
Capital One Bank, Richmond, VA
Markel, Richmond, VA

Awards and Residencies
2016 Jurors choice first place and artist choice first place, Bath County Plein air festival
2015 First and second place awards Bath County Plein Air Festival
2013 Theresa Pollak Award in Visual Art
2013 Artists’ Choice award at the Warm Springs Plein Air Festival
2011 Borospataki Muvesztelep Romania
2003 XII Kerulet Muvesztelep Budapest Hungary
2002 Va Museum of Fine Art Professional Artist Fellowship

Warm Springs Gallery

12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484

Gallery & Cafe Hours

April 1 – December 31, 2021
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am – 3 pm


Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival

September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.