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Hollywood soundtracks inspire artist appearing at Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 13:36 26 May 2011

Artist Richard Rowan employing his unusual painting technique, applying paint to the reverse of the glass

Artist Richard Rowan employing his unusual painting technique, applying paint to the reverse of the glass

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Inspired by music from Hollywood blockbusters such as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, an artist who chooses to paint his scenes backwards, will demonstrate his unusual technique at Bluewater's Castle Gallery on Sunday, from 1pm to 4pm.

Richard Rowan won the Daily Mail Artist of the Year award in 1992, before moving into work in motor racing, but has re-entered the artistic world. Painting on glass and using the music from films as his inspiration, Rowan produces his work back-to-front, starting with the foreground on the reverse side of the glass, then adding layers until he reaches the background.

He said: “My paintings are full of drama. No matter what point I have reached in the painting, I need to feel the same inspiration from start to finish. I have a great love of films and the powerful and haunting film soundtracks created the perfect backdrop and mood for my paintings.”

He will have five landscapes on show, Finale, Friendship, Earth, Still and The Island Awaits.

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