Born in Hampshire, England, Colin arrived in Australia in 1971 and found work making chandeliers and later delivering rental televisions. Studying for matriculation over two years at night school he enrolled in Art College at the Preston Institute of Technology in 1975. A number of leading artists taught at PIT and Colin had the opportunity to work in audio with David Tolley, conceptualism with Dom De Clario, with the hard edge painting of Dale Hickey and the large, expressionistic work of Peter Booth, all of who have subtly influenced his own art. Majoring in Sound and Painting Colin left to drive taxis and to teach Art. Failing to heed the advice of a gallery director who told him to consider concentrating on one genre and sticking to it Colin continues to produce figurative paintings and drawings; large, ambient, colourwork and the occasional sculpture, installation and audio work.
About my artwork.
My work is generated from things around me that fit a certain feeling. At times I go looking and find them in places, or in objects and people. Other times I find them in a less active fashion, in sounds or perhaps in dreams or blends of colours. I find making artwork irresistible and enjoy the actual cognition of looking, listening and producing the work. Art is a rich tool, a mechanism that I can use to explore and respond to this curious and strange world where things appear both solidly real and also evasive and elusive.

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• 1977 Graduated from Preston Institute of Technology, Dip. Art. Painting under Peter Booth, Dom De Clario and Dale Hicky. Sound under David Tolley.

• 1980 Graduated from Melbourne Teachers College, B.Ed Art


• 1991. Time & Motion, drawings from the Big Desert. Mildura Art Gallery and Chaffey Theatre.
• 1996. Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide.
• 1997. Gallery 445, Northcote, Melbourne.
• 1998. Palimpsest exhibition. Mildura Art Gallery
• 1998. This Curious World. Mildura Art Gallery
• 1999. Palimpsest exhibition. Mildura Art Gallery
• 1999. Art Masters exhibition. Mildura Art Gallery
• 2000. Palimpsest exhibition. Mildura Art Gallery
• 2000. Works On Paper. Swan Hill Art Gallery
• 2002. Palimpsest exhibition. Mildura Art Gallery
• 2006. Started online Colin Rowe gallery
• 2009. Alexandra Art Coop.
• 2013. Art and Science Show, St Vincent’s Hospital Gallery
• 2013. The Rick Amor Drawing Prize. Ballarat Art Gallery.
• 2013. Rob McNamara Exhibition, Collingwood.
• 2016. Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo


Al Parker
Brian Eno
Edward Hopper

75cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil Paint
81cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
76cm (W) x 101cm (H)
Oil Paint
30cm (W) x 42cm (H)
110cm (W) x 44cm (H)
61cm (W) x 74cm (H)