Carol Rowling - The Critique

Carol Rowling’s artworks portray the spectacular Australian landscape in a unique and distinctive style, particularly by gradually building up colour and creating a stimulating and outstanding irregular effect on the surface of the canvas. The viewer is invited into this artist’s imaginary world, where the intuitive use of tone and shape symbolises a unique meaning for all that is open to subjective, fluid but powerful interpretations.
 
Rowling’s colour palette is often reminiscent of the great fauvists while some compositions share Monet’s interest and analysis in the capture of light. Abstract atmospheres are merged with natural landscapes in a timeless and personal interpretation of places, emotions and thoughts mirrored through art. Rowling instinctively directs an orchestra of shades and forms, stimulating and provoking the viewer to take a closer look at her complex creations. Subsequent to the initial impact of the artworks, the spectators progressively change their perspective and absorb the soft fluidity and graceful contours conveyed through the power of Rowling’s brushwork. As a result, the illusive nature of Rowling’s conceptions culminates in a unique and individual experience that ties the viewer and the depiction, drawing inevitable parallels between what one is perceiving and one’s emotional memory .
 
The artist employs a rich and diverse use of textures within her work, thus adding a further dimension both literally and metaphorically to the compositions. Viewers are led to question whether to appreciate the landscapes for their profound beauty or to search for a deeper, mysterious meaning lying beneath the magnificent surface. Rowling leaves the answer open even if it is undeniable that her canvases are vehicles and portals to the subconscious. 
 
The harmonious composition of the artworks and the spontaneous brushwork echos the last impressionists, arising in Edenic scenes of evocative tranquillity within unexplored and imaginary places that transcend time and space. Rowling suffuses the paintings with an oneiric quality that is deeply stimulating as she knowingly invites us to abandon reality to the rhythm of the universal sensations she conveys with such ability and sensitivity. As Paul Cezanne once said: "If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." Rowling’s canvases eloquently illustrate this concept in all its fullness of meaning.
 
Timothy Warrington
International Confederation of Art Critics