This solo exhibition for Keith Rowlands OBE at Taurus Crafts, is of some twenty oil paintings, representing most of his work over the past two years, with scenes “From Valley to Shore” showcasing his affinity with the natural landscape and with water.
Keith kindly said ‘It is an exciting prospect to be exhibiting at the Taurus Crafts Centre. It represents a major development in my artistic career to showcase my work in this prestigious and well known craft centre from October 14th until November 24th. I have visited the centre many, many times over the years and am truly grateful to Taurus Crafts for affording me this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of other artists and craftsmen.’ We are very pleased to be exhibiting this gentleman’s work and he has been a pleasure to work with. Colette Kresse Taurus Crafts Exhibition Coordinator
Keith first came to artistic prominence in his student days at what is now the University of Wales College, Newport, where he followed an advanced course in painting and ceramics, gaining a distinction and the highest mark of his peer group across all the Welsh colleges.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s he was exhibiting his paintings at galleries between Chepstow and Cardiff. However, the responsibilities of Headship meant that he was unable to devote as much time to painting until his retirement from The Dell School in Chepstow in 2007. He is now painting (and also writing) full time as a professional. Since 2007 his art work has been on display in galleries in Chepstow and Cambridgeshire. He is an Associate Member of the Penwith Gallery in St. Ives, Cornwall and in 2013 he held his first solo exhibition in the Wye Valley.
‘It is both humbling and gratifying to know that others appreciate my work and might wish to buy an original work of art to adorn a wall. In a sense, in the act of acquiring a piece of art work, one is also buying the artist time. It allows him to continue to do that which he finds so fulfilling – the act of creating an art work. Thank you for giving me, the artist, that time.’