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I would imagine virtually all visitors to this website dedicated to the art work of Jeff Rowland come for two main reasons. Number one to see the works of Jeff and #2 to get a personal insight to Jeff. I hope I have displayed a wide range of Jeff’s work from his early pieces that come to public notice – usually when being offered via ebay – to the latest releases including the originals released by his publishers Washington Green. The later are normally displayed across the network of approved galleries throughout the UK. I can not comment upon those further afield as I have no knowledge. Right from the start I deliberately decided that Jeff’s private life should be that i.e. Private; therefore I only mention the odd tit bit which Jeff himself makes public. An example would be his photographs he shares and listed under the “photo gallery”. Below you’ll see Sheriff Jeff Rowland dressed for a friends marriage with a fun “fancy dress theme”.
I mentioned the above as I recently spent some time with Jeff in his home town Tynemouth (near Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and during the conversation we touched upon some details which were personal & private. Nothing scandalous nor would surprise you but has I said I respect his private life. He did however promise to update his biography – for example his son Chris is now an adult and working whilst Jeff now lives alone. I hasten to add I saw for myself the numerous friends he has in his home town and could never be described as lonely with a lively social life including supporting his local rugby team. I was privileged to be invited to his home and studio which is an amazing and inspiring location. One concern for Jeff is for his mother who has been unwell for a while now. More recently her condition has deteriorated and understandably the whole family have daily worries and stress for her well being. His father, Arthur, passed away about 9 years ago.
So what did we discuss that I can tell you are probably asking?
Firstly his artwork. Jeff Rowland continues to work hard and is dedicated to his craft spending many hours daily drawing and painting. In fact it is not unusual for him to work late into the night 7 days a week. I asked what his annual output was? I think this was something he had not really thought about. Obviously a sketch is much quicker to produce against a large oil on canvas piece and he also spends some time approving the limited edition reprints. A daunting aspect is signing each individual limited edition reprint. Can you imagine signing (say) four lots of 295 editions!!!! Something I imagine the majority of his art collectors had not even considered? Although not mentioned – and I forgot to ask – was abandoned and/or incomplete works. He also works from photographs for location inspirations so again time is spent out and about local and further afield. The same goes for the images of his couple in love – they are based upon friends who model for him.
Secondly: I understand he looks optimistically forward to the future and would like to branch out into other form of art including sculptors. I asked about a coffee table book of his art work – something asked for by collectors previously. Although this is something Washington Green would need to consider as a commercial project. Jeff supported the idea and said he would raise it with them. Ideally if you, the collector, contacted them directly with a request it would more likely to become a reality.
Thanks Jeff for your time and I am sure we all wish your mother well and share your concerns.
Jeff Rowland – – Original Fine ArtPencil drawing, Framed
End Date: Sunday May-17-2015 22:22:22 BST
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A beautiful, romantic and atmospheric original pencil drawing by popular artist Jeff Rowland.
Mounted and framed . Bought new three years ago.
Drawing size is 36cm x 26cm. Mount size is 53cm x 44cm. Frame size is 63cm x 54cm.
Fine Art Collector Spring Magazine 2015
See pages 30-31 for Jeff Rowland
You maybe able to pick up your free copy from your local art gallery – Enjoy!
I always keep a look out for the latest copy – issued quarterly – which features Contemporary Art from the country’s finest artistic talent so obviously it usually features the work of Jeff Rowland. Published by Washington Green