Julian Rowe was born and raised in East Anglia. After an art foundation course he worked for many years as a librarian. He gained a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and art history from the Open University in 1984, and a Master of Arts degree with distinction in Fine Art from UCA Canterbury in 2010. He now lives near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Rowe has a particular interest in the roles of narrative and historical reference, both real and imagined, in art making. He approaches his research-based practice as a form of cultural archaeology, seeking contemporary resonances and metaphors in theideas and cultural baggage of the past. Although primarily a visual artist, he is also a writer and the two practices frequently cross over.
He has shown work internationally, and undertaken a number of public commissions. Recent exhibitions include: Cherry Time at Elysium Gallery, Swansea, and It’s Too Soon to Say, a solo exhibition at the Surface Gallery, Nottingham.