Raymond Rowe: NRI Non-Resident Indian
Viewing our exhibits is free because of the generosity of Horicon Bank.
Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 14, 2018
Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, March 2, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm
Raymond Rowe was born and raised in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and is a cititzen of India. He moved to Wisconsin in 1994 and currently resides in Brownsville. Ray’s preferred medium is oil. Raymond Rowe received his Bachelors in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He works as an elementary art teacher in the Oshkosh Area School District, and currently resides with his wife Stacey and their cat Dusty in Brownsville, Wisconsin.
India is a land of beautiful contradictions. I have rediscovered India as an adult and through my paintings try to share this experience with the rest of the world. My paintings are based on photographs I have taken over the years during my visits to India. My work is a counterpoint to Oriental-ism; an archaic and colonialist view of the “mysterious east”. I neither romanticize nor demonize, rather I try to show and celebrate the humdrum and the workaday person on the street.
I believe capturing these moments in paint allows the subject to come alive, more so than would be possible through the photographs from which I paint. By painting the subject I am sharing what I felt while I was there. Modern India is a multitude of contradictions. An archaic temple exists in tandem with a towering glass and steel office building. The glacial bureaucracy of the Indian government and the hectic pace of the everyday citizen run parallel. With brush strokes, color, and scale I can express the contradictions which are so inherent to the daily truth of modern India.
While India is half a world away and may seem exotic to most, the experiences of its people are not. By painting the ordinary and everyday Indian experience, a scene which is taking place half a world away, is far more accessible and familiar, intimately cinematic, mundanely beautiful.