Phil Rowe Chicago artist Bio.
Born in a farm in southern Illinois, Phil Rowe now lives in Chicago, Illinois. Phil is self-taught and has worked successfully as a Chicago artist for several years. Phil’s work can be described as abstract, folk, even steampunk. His current body of work produced between the years 2009 and 2016 was made in his apartment and garage workshop.
His latest work reveals skillful, balanced and refined elements. Ordinary found objects in his sculptures have been transformed into the unusual and the unexpected. While some everyday object of time gone by reveals itself to the eye, other objects are transformed into something new. These sculptures draw the viewer in. And the jewelry pieces are as bold as the artist himself. Phil’s rings, like his sculptures and paintings, reflect his personal mantra: “be willing to take the risk of the unusual.”
It was in the fine galleries on State Street in Chicago across from the Old Marshall Field’s that Phil would spend time daily as a young man. There he developed an appreciation for classical sculpture, art and jewelry. When Jackson Pollack turned the world upside down by painting on the floor, Phil was changed. Pollack’s wild personality and and antics seemed to Phil to capture the very essence of what an artist is and how an artist lives. Phil told himself “I can do that” and so he did. Phil has also been greatly influenced by the modern masters, and by Picasso with his abstract and masterful use of forms, shapes, color, line, pattern, and mediums, and by Calder with his unexpected and perfectly balanced moving sculptures with bold and balanced colors.
Phil Rowe Studios operated as a successful storefront business in Chicago for many years. Its first location was a cornerstone business in the budding Old Town neighborhood. Subsequent locations included a 10,000 square foot warehouse on Armitage and Elston. In his studio then, as today, he sold sculpture, jewelry, paintings, antiques, corporate art, residential, commercial and restaurant decoration. One Chicago newspaper identified Phil Rowe as “The boy wonder of Old Town” his art described as modern works with a balance of ornateness and simplicity, blended smoothly in a touch of genius.