Our Arch 8 artist-in-residence for 5th-12th November is Glasgow based Rowena Comrie. Rowena Comrie has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years; in January 2010 she relocated from Aberdeen to Glasgow where she now works from a WASPS studio in the Gallowgate. She was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and in 1982 completed her BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Reading University where she embraced expressionist colourfield painting with confidence and passion. In her past role as the President of the Scottish Artists Union, along with the SAU Executive, she worked towards improving working conditions for Visual & Applied Artists in Scotland. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the prestigious Aspect Prize, resulting in an exhibition at the Fleming Collection Galleries in London. In 2012 Rowena was awarded Professional Development funding from Creative Scotland which enabled her to accept a residency opportunity in Indiana USA, commencing April 2013. A major solo exhibition took place in March 2015 at New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University : She continues to exhibit regularly throughout the UK, and currently is a member of Council for the Society of Scottish Artists and serves on the Management Council for Paisley Art Institute.
'Painting in watercolour is an important part of my practice. For over 20 years I documented the sea at Aberdeen, painting from the beach in all seasons and weathers, maintaining a watercolour diary. I have purposefully visited many Artist Colonies following in the footsteps artists who interested me. During 2007 I spent a short time painting in St Ives and Newlyn, enjoying first hand the source of inspiration for artists such as Alfred Wallis and Barbara Hepworth. St Ives had a special resonance for me as Terry Frost, one of my University tutors, was also a St Ives artist. In 2008 I visited and painted in Southwold and Walberswick, destinations chosen for their connections with interesting artists and also for their art colony history. I have also visited and painted in Staithes in NorthYorkshire, also an established destination for painters, to discover the attraction to creative people. Artist Colonies have provided inspiration to generations of artists who have found something particular to these locations that moved them aesthetically. The scarcity of these places unites them and intrigues me to further define the reasons behind their attractiveness to so many artists. Elements of nature including quality of light, beauty of landscape, and how they shape the character of people would I hope inspire in me a 21st century imaginative response.'
THE BOWLING HARBOUR PROJECT IS AN INITIATIVE OF LODESTONE CREATIVE