photo Francesca Aikman

Rowena Dring is a British artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. 

She creates monumental canvasses depicting landscape idylls, by combining techniques that include photography, painting, stitched fabric collage, needlework and montage. Reminiscent of flat colourfield paintings, woodcuts and etchings, her paintings simultaneously call to mind the Pop Art landscapes of Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg’s fabric assemblages and Andy Warhol’s paint-by-numbers series. But because Dring employs techniques that are traditionally associated with “women’s work” — using fabrics, thread, and long hours behind a sewing machine — her art also explores issues of gendered artistic production and feminist theory. Dring represents a version of Romantic nature in which a vision of the sublime is often disrupted by the intrusion of modern or industrial forces, and yet the idyll remains.

She has a BA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

You can view her CV here.

One-person exhibitions of her work have been held at the TORCH Gallery in Amsterdam, Rubicon Gallery in Dublin, rahncontemporary in Zurich, Elizabeth Dee in New York, Künstlerverein Malkasten in Düsseldorf, the Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Künst Münster in Münster, Q.E.D Gallery in Los Angeles. She has been included in many group shows in Europe and North America, including “Idylle” at DA2 Domus Artium 2002 Salamanca, Spain, "Between Time and Space" at The Nunnery, London and in the exhibition Landscape Confection at the Orange County Museum of Art, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.