Loch Shieldaig
By Rowena Comrie

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Year
1994
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Landscape - Sea and Boats
Reg. Number
P451
Size
60 x 70 cm

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This lively, colourful and very human work conveys a sense of energy and a joy inspired by the fishing life at Loch Shieldaig. It was purchased with funds from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as part of scheme to buy prints from Highland artists.

Rowena has this to say about her work: "I make these works from a specific aesthetic point that personally expresses sublime elements of human experiences. Over many years I have refined and developed my technique, a process that continues to challenge and intrigue".

Rowena also works figuratively and sculpturally, and has produced a body of work over the past five years that pursue the concept of the sublime using flight as her subject. These works are contemporary examples of the 18th century idea of the sublime, portraying drama, terror, excitement and danger:. They use Flight as an explicit metaphor for the sublime, as an example of the sublime transcending the limits of the human condition.

Rowena Comrie 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.

After working as a life model at the Slade School of Art, Rowena eventually devoted herself to painting full-time in 1988. She has exhibited throughout Scotland over the last twenty years, in both solo and group shows and has pieces in several public and private collections, including the public collection of the Scottish Labour Party.

Rowena has worked as a professional artist for the past 25 years; in January 2010 she relocated from Aberdeen to Glasgow where she now works from a WASPS studio in Glasgow's Briggait.