Rowan Pope

Rowan Pope is an artist whose work explores the human condition by telling visual narratives. Many of his drawings and paintings are inspired by great stories from literature, particularly the surreal work of Franz Kafka. He has worked extensively with genocide and Holocaust survivors, and some of his art derives from the devastating real-life stories told by these survivors. He works in an imaginative style of photorealism called “composite photorealism,” in which he integrates photographs into digital collages and transforms those collages into meticulous drawings.

Rowan graduated from Stanford University and received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota where he has been an Adjunct Professor for seven years, teaching classes in Drawing, Graphic Novel Illustration and Artistic Interpretation from Vintage Cinema. He has also taught design and color theory classes for five years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 2013 he created an illustrated book based on the stories of Holocaust survivor Joe Grosnacht, for which he received a Major Arts Grant from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Council.


Selected Exhibitions

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN

The People’s Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Larson Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL


Publications include

Project Ark, Science fiction book by John D. MacDonald. 18 pen illustrations and cover by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope

Speak, Mother, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustration by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope; Raising Twins, Nodin Press. Cover Illustration by Rowan Pope

Six Chairs: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story, Written by Rowan Pope, Engage Printing. Illustration for the book

The Blue Dress, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustrations by Rowan Pope and Bly Pope

Swimming with a Hundred-Year-Old Snapping Turtle, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press, Illustrations by Bly and Rowan Pope

Dark Fire, Poems by Bly Pope, Giant Horse Printing. Illustrations by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope

My Only Home, Poems by Freya Manfred, Red Dragonfly Press. Illustrations by Bly Pope and Rowan Pope.

Collections

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN