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Dawn Rowland

dawn-rowlandDawn Rowland was born in London. She has worked as a sculptor in San Francisco, London and Manchester. Her sculptures are primarily carved in stone, but she also works in bronze, terracotta, plaster and silver. 

She was presented to the Queen at the opening of the international sculpture exhibition at Chelsea Harbour. Elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1991, Dawn was made a Fellow of the Society in 1994. She  is also a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art. 

She has been interviewed twice on BBC’s Radio’s  “Women’s Hour”. Once regarding her poignant and monumental sculpture commissioned by Nicola Horlick and also as a result of having three carvings exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

She has had exhibitions in the UK and Japan.

Her sculptures and drawings are in private collections in the UK, Europe, Japan, the United States, Australia and Canada.

In her own words,

As a sculptor, I explore the interdependency and fragility of human relationships and how these fit into the world around us. I express my own experiences – my personal and emotional CV – but the underlying feelings are universal. These are realised in my work. “The Warrior Dreams” and ‘Letting Go” series both resonate with the transient nature of bringing up a child to adulthood and then having to let go.  Other sculptures deal with relationships through life, for example “My Mother Myself…My Daughter Myself” and “Mother and Daughter”.

As a twin I have never been alone and the double images and faces in my sculpture reflect this special duality. Touch is that special connection in a relationship and therefore hands are also very important in my work. They express a multitude of emotions. They can be tender and loving but also angry and unforgiving.

I am totally drawn to stone. There is a physicality and sensuality to working in stone. Most of the time I carve directly, retaining the freshness and spontaneity that only direct carving can bring. Other times I draw an image straight onto the stone. I then carve it, change it, enjoying the fluidity and spirit of the stone and eventually bring the sculpture to fruition.

Although I work predominantly in stone I also enjoy the differences that come from making a sculpture in bronze. Initially moulding, kneading and adding clay or pushing plaster to build up a sculpture adds another dimension to my sculptural language. The way the light bounces off the finished bronze creates a very different mood to stone. The various colours of patinas add further to this difference.

I think that making sculpture is like a microcosm of life with all its struggles, hard work and joy, yet the satisfaction and pleasure is worth everything.

Figure & Form Catalogue: Figure & Form Exhibition Catalogue

Education Click to open

 

  • Trained under a master sculptor in an atelier situation in San Francisco
  • Given many talks and have reviewed students work
  • Have been a mentor to some associate sculptors of the Royal Society of British Sculptors
  • Given talks to various societies
  • Judge on various exhibitions including Manchester Academy of Fine Art annual exhibition

Exhibitions Click to open

2014 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art – solo exhibition

2012 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art – solo exhibition

2010 ‘One New York Street’ Bruntwood, Manchester (solo

2010 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art (solo exhibition)

2007  Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art (solo exhibition)

2005  Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art (solo exhibition)

2003/4 3 tonne limestone sculpture to commemorate ‘Georgie’, daughter of Nicola and Tim Horlick

2000 Davis and Tooth at The Air Gallery, London (solo exhibition)

2000 Royal College of Physicians (solo exhibition)

1993-94 Konishi Gallery, Kyoto Japan (solo exhibition)

1993 Chelsea Harbour 93 (International Exhibition)

1986 The Ginnel Gallery, Manchester (solo exhibition)

1984 Salford Art Gallery (solo exhibition)

1983 Pitcairn Art Gallery, Knutsford Cheshire (solo exhibition)

1999 English Snowcarving Team –Breckonridge, Colorado

Group  Exhibitions

2016 Wendy Levy Contemporary Art

2015 Blackheath Gallery, London

2015 Darren Baker Gallery London

2013 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art

2012 Sculptors Drawings and Works on Paper – Kings Place, London

2012 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art 

2012 Urbis

2011 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art

2011 Urbis

2011 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art

2010 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art

2010 Buy Art, URBIS Manchester

2009 Manchester Cathedral

2009 Wendy J. Levy Contemporary Art

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Publications/Press

BOOKS

  • A COLOURFUL CANVAS
  • SCULPTORS DRAWINGS
  • MUD-FIRE METAL
  • SCULPTING THE HUMAN FORM
  • CHELSEA HARBOUR SCULPTURE 93

BROCHURES

  • ONE NEW YORK STREET
  • FINE ARTS SOCIETY
  • DAVIS AND TOOTH
  • CHICHESTER FESTIVAL

MAGAZINES

  • HELLO MAGAZINE
  • COUNTRY LIFE
  • 20TH CENTURY ART FAIR
  • EXPRESS MAGAZINE

RADIO 

2004 RADIO 4 – WOMANS HOUR (re. commission for Nicola Horlick)

1988 RADIO 4 –  WOMANS HOUR (re 3 pieces in ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER exhibition) 

 

PRESS

……..What struck me immediately was her exquisite and brilliant portrayal of hands, their predominance in her pieces and their beautifully carved fingers. This was particularly appropriate because of Georgie’s hands and long white fingers…………I‘m really pleased it was Dawn- we asked to create the sculpture as it’s exactly what we envisaged and wanted…… (Express ‘Woman’ Nicola Horlick talking to Fay Wertheimer about the sculpture she commissioned in memory of her daughter Georgie who died of leukaemia aged 12)

……..Impossible to ignore the works of Dawn Rowland 

(The Sunday Times on Chelsea Harbour exhibition)

…….for Dawn is one of our top sculptors and she specialises in weighty works which can be measured by the tonne. Jeffrey Archer took a full day to haul one purchase up to his London penthouse…. …,. 

(Extra – The Express)

……..a very accomplished stone carving by Dawn Rowland called “The Warrior Dreams”. 

(The Times review of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition)

……..in Dawn’s hands, a ‘heart of stone’ is no longer an insult. She’s cast all her emotions into the medium, if not of stonem is one of deep warmth……. If you don’t have the urge to touch her work, Dawn feels she’s failed. … 

(Manchester Evening News)

……..The figures of head, face and hands were engraved in the marble. While it seems that she is inspired by the sculpture culture in Africa, the charming point of her sculpture is the powerful expression of the poetical sentiment which should be considered as the root of existence of human being. The affection between parents and child, the horrors of war, love and sadness could be felt as dream and poetry hiding behind these works…

(Kyoto Sinbun Newspaper of Kyoto – translation from the Japanese article)

…….the small alabaster works “Mother and Child” are exceptional in more senses than one. And the “Adam and Eves” are angular in contrast to the smooth, beautifully rounded majority of Dawn Rowland’s meticulously polished works…has a vivid imagination and like the excellent artist she is, she leaves us to use ours 

(The Manchester Evening News)

Dawn Rowland…my favourite sculptor, needed four men and a fork-lift truck to get one of her submission to the Royal Academy……I hope that within the next weeks we will all have the pleasure of seeing her sculpture

…….to the polished gems of Dawn Rowland, one of the North-West’s finest and most imaginative sculptors 

(The Manchester Evening News)

…….Her images, carved with strength, rhythm and harmony, have a kind of grandeur, focusing on themes such as love, togetherness and birth. Highly charged with emotion, they reflect her profound response to the human condition. 

(The Jewish Chronicle)

…….has so brilliantly combined artistic imagination with consummate craftsmanship qualities also evident in the three carvings (alabaster, soapstone and ancaster stone) by the Bramhall artist Dawn Rowland, one of the north-west leading sculptors 

(The Manchester Evening News)

…..Country Life recommends art exhibitions to see this week ……’Sculpture by Dawn Rowland FRBS in the foyer of Bruntwood’s newest building in Manchester city centre 

(Country Life Magazine)