transFORM Gallery Presents: Bernard Rowan
Red seated female
Buff Male Figure
Male Figure with Twist
Bernard Rowan has been sculpting the human form from the live model for more than 30 years, beginning at Cornell University (B.A. -1974), and continuing at The Art Students League of New York, Brooklyn College (M.F.A. -1989), along with the Westchester Art Workshop.
Each of Rowan’s figure sculptures represents his intention to combine an impressionistic and expressionistic quality with a visually ‘true’ description of a human being. They attempt to depict spirituality within physicality. Usually sculpted in stoneware clay within a single working session, his pieces attempt to achieve a Zen-like depiction of a moment, which is also a timeless description of a human reality. Concentrating on essential form in terms of mass, plane, and movement has given the figures their own vitality. From 2002 onwards, the artist began experimenting with a more complete abstraction yet retaining references to human form.
The sculptures are fired in a propane-fueled kiln, which was constructed by the artist at his home in 1999. His work has been exhibited in the New York City area and has also been sold to private collectors.