b. 1990, Kent, England
Josh Rowell generates his artistic vision by focusing on technological advances that shape our contemporary lives, communicating our increasingly mediated human interactions within the confines of visual art. The artist balances more analogue techniques and laborious production processes with conceptual instantaneous nature of the digital age. This juxtaposition produces a language that explores and reshapes information, and precipitating alternative ways of reading the world around us.
Since his emergence as an abstract painter, Rowell has expanded to sculpture, mixed media, and often times working with light, video, and sound installations. Despite these disparate media, everything is underpinned by a coding system, “everything can be reduced to a molecular binarism where all systems can be simplified to yes/no decisions,” the artist explains.
Mirroring the proliferation associated with the technological advancements these codes can generate, Rowell paints a vernacular, as evident by his 2016 “Painting Language” series, far more complex and carrying greater levels of information than a traditional one-zero binary. The language of color, pattern, and form, is seen as dots laboriously covering canvases. These sequences, which the artist developed himself, read as a codified communiqué to create new forms of visual text that explore the possibilities and boundaries of expression and information.
Born in 1990 in London, England, Rowell graduated from Kingston University in 2013, where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts with honors. Following an extended study in Art Criticism at Central Saint Martins college, Rowell received his MFA in Fine Art at Kingston University in 2015, where he was awarded the first class distinction. He has shown in many exhibitions in London’s vibrant art scene and is part of Kingston University’s contemporary art collection.
Josh Rowell lives and works in London, England.