Keith Rowe was born in New Zealand in 1952 and he became interested in art at the age of twelve with his first experiments in photography. He came to Sydney in the 9170s and trained in photography and glass at Sydney College of the Arts from 1976 to 1981. Keith was involved in a number of pioneering ventures in hot glass in Australia, such as the mobile glass studio at Sydney College; traineeship with Nick Mount at Budgeree Glass in 1982; as co-director of Glass Artists Gallery 1982-86; and established the Glebe Hot Glass Studio in 1983 taking over from Lynne and Derek Smith’s Glebe Glass Studio that was first established in 1980.
Keith’s work is held in many public and private galleries in both Australia and internationally and he has won a number of international competition and awards. He is primarily a glass blower but also enjoys working with san and kiln casting and enjoys creating balanced forms with exciting decorative elements. Over the years Keith has developed his own individual style, often working on a body of work to produce a themed series. Working in this way he can explore many ideas and discover new directions.
He moved his studio to Blackhead in the Blue Mountains in 1990, and makes production glass and one-off pieces for exhibitions. His series over the years have included the Monet (which evolved from a high interest in the French impressionist painters), Garden, Water Works, Inferno, Bushfire and Shard series.
His ideas are drawn from glass blowing traditions, such as the Venetian decorative techniques, his interest in the local environment and his interest in photography (many of his works have painterly narratives). His exciting, decorative glass shows the work of one of Australia’s most prolific and talented glass artists.