A great painting, says artist John Rowe, "much like a great movie, book, or song, stirs the emotions of its viewers. It touches memories, expectations, feelings, and thoughts inside them, and it brings these to the surface." If there is one thing Rowe knows, it is how to access emotions with his art, using paint and canvas to reach inside his audience and reveal depth of emotion with poignancy and candor. "I feel that the more honestly I can access and focus on my human feelings while creating a painting, the greater chance I have of connecting with someone else," he explains. "My work is an attempt to look within in order to reach out to others."
Born in Pasadena, CA, Rowe was a creative child who drew constantly. He received his formal art training at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and soon moved to New York City to work in the publishing and advertising, beginning his career as an illustrator. During his career, his paintings have appeared on movie posters (including a well-regarded poster for the movie "Miracle"), books, billboards, magazines and advertisements throughout the country and around the world. Seeking an additional outlet for his creative vision, Rowe began his Horse Series, bringing together equine beauty and power with emotions of the human spirit. When the publishers of Walter Farley's The Black Stallion saw Rowe's work, they were inspired to re-issue this classic series, commissioning twenty-four new paintings by John for the covers. He has also been part of the rerelease of the books of Marguerite Henry. Most notably, his limited editions of interpretive Disney art are some of the fastest selling images at Disney World and Disneyland. Some of his most popular dramatic pieces include Fathoms Below (The Little Mermaid) ; Wondering (Alice In Wonderland); and Belle's Search (Beauty and the Beast).
In addition to his prodigious output for Disney Fine Art, Rowe has sustained an active, successful painting career for more than two decades, fashioning original art and oil paintings for both illustration and fine art clients. Having worked with fans of his art throughout the United States and around the world, his long list of distinguished clients includes the United Nations, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Buena Vista Pictures. Beyond movie posters and book covers, his wide-ranging projects have encompassed murals and fine art paintings for clients and collectors from across the country. He is a past president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and former Artist in Residence for La Canada schools as well as a college art instructor. Rowe also has pursued various illustration projects and has worked on a series of paintings of his own vision at his studio is in La Canada, CA, where he lives with his wife and two children.
"My artwork is meant to recall the beauty, majesty and mystery of the life we live, and the world we live it in," Rowe said. "Painting the small delicacy of the light on a child's face, or the overwhelming power and grace of the sky at sunrise, is my attempt to capture some of that wonder. Through my work I hope to remind you and myself how truly wonderful, complex, and vivid life is. Whether we are looking into the eyes of someone we love, or struggling just to breath, life is a priceless gift."
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