Come down to The Gallery Cafe between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 3rd August to celebrate the works of local artist, shoemaker and musican Thomas J Rowe, who will be exhibiting with us through August.
Eight years of being a landed alien, now a permanent resident of London, Thomas Rowe was born in a rural, drug riddled, burnt out port city on the Northwest of Canada's Vancouver Island. He never found any inspiration so departed at the age of 13. Over the years Rowe has been able to channel his ideas and vision through a number of different mediums, he has self-released 6 books of poetry and has released 3 full length albums.
Rowe's new body of work, titled 'At The Edge of The World', is a collection of collage art that arose when creating cover art for his current London based alt-psychedelic rock band 'Mass Datura.' During this time he found himself putting together more and more collage pieces. Using found images clipped and collected from old National Geographic's Rowe was able to satisfy his need to create new abstract and agile images, toiling with composition, playful shapes and proportions.
Influenced and inspired by artists working with collage such as Pop artist Richard Hamilton, contemporary painter Grant Thomas and his old boss at the skate company Toy Machine, photographer Ed Templeton Rowe takes from popular culture as he does from the pages of National Geographic, spontaneously at his pleasure.
Rowe uses a full spectrum of eye catching colour pallets to create feelings of euphoria in distant angelic childhood hyper dreamland. Imagine you and your friends know nothing at all but of smiles, how to feel natural with chaos and that only this that separates each of us as humans is the cold breeze between us.