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Painter and teacher, born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (around 1990 Rowe, a former transvestite, sought a gender change. Rowe’s work sometimes contained items of clothing alluding to her life outside the studio). She studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and Reading University and eventually taught at Newcastle Polytechnic. Was artist-in-residence at Tyne Tees Television in 1984. Rowe’s mixed shows included Stowell’s Trophy at RA, 1977; Hatton Gallery Summer Show, Newcastle, 1986; and the Newcastle Group exhibition The Northern Lights, DLI Museum & Arts Centre, Durham, 1990. Was a prizewinner in Tyne Tees Northern Open, 1985. Later solo shows included Hang Ups, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 1987. Was commissioned to paint a ceiling at Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside, where she lived.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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