Description: We offer an original watercolor by Lynn Rowan of a whimsical urban waterfront. It is on heavy wove watercolor paper, signed in the lower left “Rowan ’43.” A steam engine rushes by the docks in front of wooden row houses. The early signs of urban development, a small skyscraper, looms in the background. Based on the artist’s other work this piece is presumably Brooklyn or an outer borough of Manhattan. We love the use of color and Rowan's playful way with scale in this piece. Item #FA00162.
Lynn Rowan was born in California in 1919. He exhibited his work in New York at RoKo Gallery and Bodley Gallery through the late 1940s and early 1950’s. Bodley famously showed the early work of Andy Warhol. His shows were written up in Arts Digest, ArtNews, and The New York Times. Rowan died in 1971 in Gallatin, Illinois and was buried in Shawneeton, Illinois.
Rowan was a confident, exuberant mark marker and colorist whose figurative drawings would seem at home on the cover of the The New Yorker. One address written on the back of a small ink drawing links the artist to 7 West 8th street (curiously close to the New York Studio School, though no formal connection has been made.) From our collection of his artwork and the press written about Rowan we see that he traveled to Europe, Woodstock, Newport, New Orleans, Key West, Cuba and Haiti. We have many more paintings and watercolors available (portraits, landscapes, still lifes and drawings), not yet listed on our website that have been stored away for decades. Email us for more information and images.
Condition: There are remnants of artist’s tape on recto at the margins, but it does not obstruct the image in any way. Fine condition, otherwise, with very good color.