Keith Rowe is a glass artist practicing in Blackheath NSW. He was born in New Zealand coming to Australia in 1971. He has been blowing glass and operating his hot glass studio since 1983. Keith’s work is based on colours and forms from nature that surrounds us and the arrangement of these as patterns. Over the years he has developed unique styles to his glass blowing, more often than not, working in a series of works. “One series inevitably leads to the next, there is an evolutionary process within the pieces and ideas that keep me driving forward. I am always looking for a balanced form that I can load up with exciting colourful elements” As an artist who never stops experimenting, his work is underpinned by a profound commitment to the ideals of technical skill and deep personal conceptual ideas.
Keith’s works in glass have their roots in the traditions of the Italian masters, being refined in form while still highly decorative. The artwork is concerned with space and the ability of space and form to invoke questions that challenge both the audience and the artist. “My aspiration, whether making the simplest of goblets or the most bizarre of art works, is to create objects that transcend the mundane... this is the beginning and ending of my search for each “new design”
His work is featured in prestigious collections such as Cowra Regional Art Museum, Cowra, NSW; New Parliament House, Sydney, NSW; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW; Parliament House, Canberra, ACT; General Consulate of Australia in Japan, Osaka; Hyatt Regency Hotel, Manila, Philippines; Queen of Sweden Collections, Sweden and many more private and public collections worldwide.