Blue Mountains based painter Rowen Matthews has been practicing since 2001. He was awarded the Calleen Art Prize in 2009, the Blackheath Art Prize in 2010 and was granted an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2012 for his PhD studio practice study. He was Highly Commended in the 2011 Countryscapes Prize, the 2012 Central West Regional Artists Award and the 2013 New South Wales Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize.
He has recently exhibited as a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award, the Rick Amor Drawing Prize and the Mosman Art Prize.
His work is held in private and public collections including Charles Sturt University, Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Launceston City Council.
2001 Observations, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
2005 From A to B, Armidale Art Gallery NSW
2008 Hillscape, Gallery 126, Armidale, NSW
2010 The Gloaming, Basin Cottage Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2010 Weatherscapes, Catherine Asquith Galley, Victoria
2011 Blackheath & Mudgee Landscapes, Lost Bear Gallery, Leura, NSW
2011 New Paintings, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2013 Sence and Essence, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2015 Painting an Emotive World, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
2015 Rocky Ground, Blue Mountains City Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
2000 Lewers Bequest and Regional Art Gallery, Penrith NSW
2004 New England Picture, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
2005 Small Wonders, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Selekta, Westspace, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Insight, Blacktown Arts Centre, NSW
2007 Packsaddle, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
2008 Off The Shelf, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 Countryscapes travelling exhibition, Wentworth Gallery, Bligh St. Sydney.
2009 Festivite, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2009 Small Works, Delmar Gallery, Sydney NSW
2010 Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
2010 Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
2011 Viewpoints/ Approach to Landscape, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Victoria
2011 The Light and the Dark, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby, NSW
2012 Katoomba Fine Art Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
2012 Surface, Catherine Asquith Gallery, at Danks St. Sydney, NSW
2012 Packsaddle, New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
2012 Kedumba Drawing Award.
2013 Pleinair, NSW Parliament House.
2014 Weipa, Cape York, Australia, Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW.
2015 Boilerhouse Gallery, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, NSW.
2016 Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW.
2017 Kelton Plains Artist Residency, Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Cooma, NSW.
2008 Finalist, Countryscapes Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009 Winner, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009 Finalist, Countryscapes Art Prize, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2010 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
2010 Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
2010 Finalist, Norvill Art Prize, Murrurundi District Arts Council, NSW
2010 Winner, Blackheath Art Prize, NSW
2010 Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria
2011 Finalist, NSW Parliament Pleinair Art Prize, NSW Parliament House
2011 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
2011 Highly Commended, Countryscapes Art Prize, Bathurst Reg. Art Gallery.
2012 Highly Commended, Central West Regional Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery
2013 Highly Commended, NSW Parliament Pleinair Prize.
2014 Finalist, Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery.