As one of the world’s leading automotive artists, Barry Rowe has developed a worldwide following, and an impressive list of private and corporate clients.
His distinctive style and passion for automobiles is reflected in his paintings. By creating works of art instead of illustrations of cars, Rowe imbues each painting with an atmosphere and interaction that allows you to see every automobile at its finest.
His book, Atmosphere and Light: The Automotive Art of Barry Rowe includes selected paintings and sketches, and is a fantastic new way to appreciate Barry’s rich and productive artistry.
Forthcoming exhibitions, publications and details about Barry’s life and work can all be found on this site.
Atmosphere and Light: The Automotive Art of Barry Rowe
This book perfectly encapsulates the emphasis Barry Rowe places on the artistry of his works.
This award-winning book is the first retrospective of Barry’s work, and includes paintings and sketches from Barry’s long love-affair with art and the automobile, placing each within its historical context.
Atmosphere and Light allows you to experience the way that each automobile is treated as art, both in itself and within the painting. Barry’s passion for them is presented on every page, along with his own explanations and descriptions of his approach.
“I tend to emphasize atmosphere over action because I think it is more interesting and more things can be done with light.” Barry Rowe
Atmosphere and Light: The Automotive Art of Barry Rowe is written by Barry Rowe and Gary Doyle, and is available from Bull Publishing.
Pebble Beach Concours
The first ever Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance occurred in 1950, and today is considered to be one of the world’s most significant celebrations of the automobile.Barry has been involved with this magnificent automotive and social event since 1998, creating posters for the Concours and the Pebble Beach Tours.
His compositions perfectly capture the spirit and social atmosphere of the Pebble Beach events by including people and automobiles in most of his works, bringing out the character and elegance in both.
Barry Rowe grew up near Jaguar’s factory in Coventry, where his father worked. Automobiles played a big role in his early life, and he often spent his Saturday mornings looking at the damaged racing cars left outside at the back of the factory, with the grass growing up around them.
After a career in advertising as an art director, Barry decided to become a freelance painter, and his success began with winning the prestigious Sotheby’s Art Award for a portrait of Juan Manual Fangio.
After winning the award, Barry won commissions from Louis Vuitton, Royal Mail, Royal Doulton and Royal Caribbean Lines, for whom he is now Artist in Residence, and is flown out specially for ships on their inaugural cruises.
In 1998, Barry painted his first poster for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, beginning an annual tradition covering both the Concours and the Tour. This tradition continues to today.
Barry has also been invited to paint posters for the Meadow Brook Hall Concours in 2003, the Hillsborough Concours in 2006, and the 2003 and 2006 Monterey Historic Automobile Races.
His book, Atmosphere and Light: The Automotive Art of Barry Rowe was published in March 2004, and won a Gold Medal from the International Automotive Publishers Association in New York.
Today Barry’s clients include Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Chopard, and of course, Pebble Beach.