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Robin Gowen

(b. 1957)

Contemporary Landscape Painter

by Gallery Historians

Robin Gowen is a painter of light. Drawing inspiration from nature, Gowen captures the sublime qualities of nature with a color palette that just like her subject is constantly evolving.




Table Of Contents

I. Biography

Gowen was raised in New Hampshire and Nigeria. She now travels regularly throughout the western United States. For this artist the landscape of the west provides "a splendid opportunity for new paintings, infused with an equally brilliant, but different, light" than that of Nigeria.

"Everything changes while you paint. Living things move. The light alters, hours pass, and by the time you rinse the brushes the image you sought is gone. Artists were, and are the premier magicians of time and place. We try to stop the hours, growth and change, age and the death of what we love…We do not only catch the physical presence, but the moment snatched within the shadows of its emotion made visible." - Robin Gowen

II. SGTV Video

"From the Corner of My Eye"
Produced by Frank Goss

In September of 2009 Sullivan Goss presented a new exhibition of plein air landscape paintings by Robin Gowen. Gowens facile handling of paint and fine sense of color update the venerated tradition of Impressionist plein air landscape painting in California to produce vibrant, contemporary views of the state.



The Shadow It Left On My Mind
2002
10" x 20"
Oil on board
Private Collection
Exhibited in 2002 for Robin Gowen: Painter of the Hills


Day on the Hills
2003
6.25" x 10"
Oil on board
Private Collection
Here, the artist's facility with different color theories becomes evident. Her sensitivity to light and strong feeling for form never changes, but her color palette has changed considerably over time.

III. Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions (selected list):

  • 2013 "Robin Gowen: 16 Years Later," Faculty Club, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2013 "Robin Gowen: Night Must Wait", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2011 "Robin Gowen: The Color of Shadow and The Texture of Light", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2009 "Robin Gowen: The Corner of My Eye", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007 "Robin Gowen: Nature Takes Its Course", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2004 "Soft Light Serenade", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2002 "Painter of the Hills", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2001, 1998 Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1997 Faculty Club, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1996 Johnson Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 1996, 1995, 1994 Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA
  • 1995 Faulkner West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1995�1988 Gallery 113, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1980 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Group Exhibitions (selected list):

  • 2004 "Soft Light Serenade", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2003 Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2003-1996 Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1995 Gallery 1000, Carmel, CA
  • 1999, 1996, 1995 OAK Group, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA (guest artist)
  • 1996, 1995, 1994 Gallery Los Olivos, Los Olivos, CA
  • 1991, 1990 Santa Barbara Artwalk, Santa Barbara, CA (juried shows)
  • 1984, 1983 Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, Randolph, VT
  • 1982 Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
  • IV. Education

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (Continuing Education)
  • Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1979 B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Senior Staff School, Ibadan, Nigeria


  • Oak Grove, Sedgewick (Dancing Trees)
    2004
    12" x 24"
    Oil on board
    Private Collection


    Inlet, Maine
    2004
    18" x 24"
    Oil on board
    Available for acquisition

    V. WORKS FOR SALE BY THIS ARTIST


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