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Rowan Lyford Art Collections

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Artwork by Rowan Lyford

Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

About Rowan Lyford

Rowan Lyford

Rowan Lyford is a talented artist whose skills span multiple styles and mediums. She is most known for her paintings which focus on humans impact on the environment. Though she is a skilled representational painter, her most recent body of work is mostly abstract and experimental through her material use and concepts. In recent years, she has developed a process that involves using waste and recycled materials, to further push her concept of how humans are polluting the environment.

Most commonly, she incorporates plastic into her paintings in a variety of ways which
add interesting textures to her pieces. By using heat to manipulate the plastics, and combining them with oil paints, resins, and various other mediums, she is able to transform these materials into a detailed landscape of textures and colors that entice the viewer's attention. Though her work is primarily abstract, her work often resembles an element of the environment or natural world. Her incorporation of textures creates a topographical feel to her landscape-like abstractions. Each material and piece of plastic works together to create an overall composition, where her use of recycled materials is not obvious to the viewer at first glance. However, when the viewer looks closer, some of these elements become identifiable and encourage the viewer to think conceptually about how these man made materials interact with the natural environment.

Her piece, Artificial River, combines plastic bags, resins, and oil paints to portray a glossy, reflective river with textured, rocky banks. It gives of an ethereal feeling when the viewer first looks. However, when looking up closer, the viewer can notice small suggestions that the banks are actually made of plastic grocery store bags. This forces the viewer to question the relationship between nature and artificial elements. Though she is portraying something that appears organic and untouched by man, she uses recycled, highly processed, man-made elements to do so. These are some of the same materials that are polluting our rivers and water sources around the world. By using them in her work, she is not only taking some of them out of the landfill, but using them to paint a bigger picture of what happens to those that remain in the landfill.

Rowan's Elephant Butte Reservoir Series demonstrates her technical oil painting skills as well as her ability to combine abstraction and representation. The two paintings portray an overhead view of a reservoir along the Rio Grande, a river that Rowan lived near growing up. The pair shows the effects of pollution and climate change on the river from 1991 to 2011. She uses oils to emulate water color, and captures subtle color changes within the landscape to portray the topography. The piece may appear abstract, but when looking closer and reading the title, the viewer can begin to understand that it is a location that has experienced change overtime due to humans' impact on the environment. This creates an uneasy feeling in the viewer as they question their personal relationship with the environment and how they could have an impact on a beautiful part of it such as this.
Her work ranges in size, and the size of each piece influences the way the viewer interacts with it. Her smaller pieces encourage the viewer to look closely to notice the subtle nuances in the color and texture, and experience a more intimate moment with the piece. Her larger pieces confront the viewer with a sense of the sublime, and call attention to our relationship to the world around us.

Rowan continues to discover new ways to make her practice more sustainable while producing poetic works of art that highlight both the beauty of the natural environment and its destruction.

-Haley Beth Arnold