Mark Rowden is a fulltime Sydney based artist known for his high contrast, graphic figures and portraits. He is a highly skilled draftsman and printmaker.
Rowden emigrated in 1996 from England, where he had studied art and design. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School, Sydney in 2000. He then worked as a Master Printer at Whaling Road Studios, one of Sydney’s oldest print studios, working with many of Australia’s notable artists.
Mark explores the limits of shadows, suggestion of volume and the subtleties of seduction.
Rowden creates a calm and reflective mood using subtle colours and bold contrasting shapes. The shadows leave an impression on the surface where the background flows through the foreground.
Depicting strong, rebellious and creative subjects in an authentic way, Rowden’s work becomes a collaboration between artist and subject.
Rowden’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and internationally, including Broken Hill Regional Gallery and the International Print Biennale in Brazil.
He was Semi-finalist in the 2021 Moran Portrait Prize and was the winner of the Waverley print prize and has been finalist in other Australian prizes.