Alex Rowe

I am an illustrator and barista currently in Houston, Texas. I always had a pencil in my hand growing up, drawing cartoon characters and comics with friends and siblings. I followed these interest as I earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on illustration and children’s books.

After graduation, I struggled to find my place in the art world and began working as a barista to make ends meet; in doing so, I found a revitalized interest in the kind of work I wanted to make and a second career that led me to meet wonderful clients and art connections in Denver and Houston.

Currently, I am preparing for future gallery shows and a comic book, and applying for graduate programs in psychology where I want to learn how best to work with artists and creatives on issues of mental health.

Artist Statement

I have always been interested in fantasy as a way to not only escape, but to prepare us for challenges in life. Focusing on narrative elements in fiction and history, I aim to make work to recognize the difficulties of life while at the same time providing a sense of wonder and distance from our real world.

My images are geared towards middle-grade readers to adult audiences, displaying works of mystery, curiosity, and whimsy. My primary medium is gouache, supplemented with watercolor and acrylic work as well.

Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

Super Power

Watercolor,Gouache, Acrylic, Pencil, Ink Wash, Pen

Favorite artists

Leo & Diane Dillon, Olga Dugina & Andrej Dugin, Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Brett Helnquist, Wylie Beckert, Malcolm Liepke, Zdislaw Becksinski, Mark Rothko

Video Profile

Art Prof Clara Lieu interviews Teaching Artist Alex Rowe about his artistic development as a child to his time as an undergraduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design and his professional studio practice today as an illustrator. Alex specializes in gouache painting, watercolor, pencil, ink wash and more.

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