Tommy Rowe first became interested in sculpture when Denis Mitchell taught at his local grammar school in Penzance in 1957. A lifelong friendship and working relationship soon developed when Rowe working for Mitchell during his school holidays assisting with finishing bronzes. In 1959, Mitchell introduced him to Barbara Hepworth who was able to offer Rowe a higher wage and there he learned the skills of carving marble and working with plaster casts.
Rowe went on to study at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham from 1960-63 under John Hoskin and John Ernest, whilst he continued to assist Hepworth in the holidays. At the end of his time at Corsham, he went back to Cornwall and worked for Hepworth on a full-time basis between 1963 and 1965.
From the early 1960s onwards, Rowe began producing his own work, exhibiting at the Penwith Gallery, St Ives and Marjorie Parr Gallery, London. He worked alongside Denis Mitchell and the sculptor John Milne and spent many hours fishing along the Cornish coast – rock formations and local topography providing him with inspiration for many of his sculptures.
He is still actively sculpting, working from his home and studio in Inverness-shire, producing sculptures which continue to evoke his Cornish background.
Tommy RoweCliff Form, Pendowersigned, titled and dated 2017 on base
uniquepainted steel on slate base99 x 15 cms (39 x 6 ins)
Tommy RoweHarboursigned, titled and dated 2021 on base
uniquepainted steel on slate base40.5 x 14 cms (16 x 5½ ins)
Tommy RoweSt Loysigned, titled and dated 2020 on base
number 2 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base20 x 25 cms (7¾ x 9¾ ins)£ 4,800.00
Tommy RoweZawn Organsigned, titled and dated 2021 on base
number 1 from an edition of 3bronze on wooden base32 x 27 cms (12½ x 10¾ ins)Contact Gallery
Tommy RoweEnys Zawnsigned, titled and dated 2021 on base
number 1 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base23 x 21.5 cms (9 x 8½ ins)£ 4,800.00
Tommy RoweZawn Brinnysigned, titled and dated 2021 on base
number 2 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base30 x 19 cms (12 x 8 ins)£ 5,800.00
Tommy RoweZawn Gampersigned, titled and dated 2020 on base
number 4 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base16 x 26.5 cms (6 x 10½ ins)£ 4,800.00
Tommy RoweLevantsigned, titled and dated 2020 on base
number 1 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base65.5 x 13 cms (26 x 5 ins)£ 5,200.00
Tommy RoweTwo Forms, Bosigransigned, titled and dated 2019 on base
number 1 from an edition of 7bronze on slate base24 x 12 cms (9½ x 4¾ ins)Sold
Tommy RowePen Enys IIsigned, titled and dated 2019 on base
number 1 from an edition of 9polished bronze on slate base23.5 x 6 cms (9¼ x 2¼ ins)Sold