Rose McGowan is originally from Cork and has returned to her native city having worked from a Dublin Studio for the past number of years. A graduate from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 1996, Rose has kept up a commitment to painting while also working on design projects.
Her surroundings have always greatly affected her work, living in many different locations – contrasting vast space in landscape to crowded night cities. Her paintings are a diary of emotion and change. She uses large canvas to portray the immediacy and intimacy of many still, dark moments. Much of her painting dramatically changes under varied illumination, from spot lighting, to natural daylight. Metal and water surfaces shine from beneath, and sometimes on top of, heavy gloss, soaked with night. Her familiar confidence in allowing the weight of the oil itself to rest lazily on these night time surfaces is a constant surprise and delight, as the many aspects of these works become visible in varied lighting. Her work contains many large, impossibly deep, motionless scenes, which yield generous detail, create wholesome compositions and instil the stasis of appreciation of beauty. The largest work is over 6 x 6 feet, but most of the collection’s pieces are 3 x 3 feet. They are intensive with detail and welcome close scrutiny, but also reward distant observation.