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 Cybele Rowe  (1963 - )

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Lived/Active: California / Australia      Known for: figurative sculpture, abstract and vessel forms

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The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by Virginia Repasky:

Cybele Rowe was born in Sydney Australia, second eldest of six children.  She is the daughter of a world's leading authority on Pediatric Genetic Research and a documentary filmmaker mother with a strong spiritual interest.  She spent her early years in the US as her father was doing research at Duke University.  Her parents decided to return to Sydney, with its magnificent beaches and glorious harbor which she grew up on.  Completing her High School at Loreto Convent Kirribilli, Sydney, she was accepted at 17 years of age to the premier art school, City Art Institute University of New South Wales.  Upon completing her Bachelor of The Arts in Fine Arts she continued her Post Graduate studies.  Rowe had secured the oldest and largest gallery in Sydney and an art award from the Australian Government enabling her to travel the world.  Meeting the influential people from the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, they impressed upon her the need to develop as an artist in the stimulating environment New York offered.

Having had numerous shows in Australia, Rowe and her husband, decided to relocate to New York permanently at the age of 26.  Establishing her studio on the upper East Side, Rowe was able to have numerous high profile shows which included over a hundred paintings and sculptures shown through out the Bergdorf Goodman Stores, The World Bank and Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as the honor of lecturing for the Smithsonian Institute at the age of 29.

Both her husband's and her career afforded them to move into their dream loft in the lower part of Manhattan, awaking to the Statue of Liberty every morning.  When their son was born in 1998,  both new parents realized that Southern California would be a much more bountiful environment for them as a family.  Together they bought an acre of land with an old dance hall, and built a large studio in what was an old mining town at the mouth of the Cleveland National Forest called Silverado.  It is there in relative tranquility Rowe has found the freedom to pursue her art with the most wondrous of inspiration, the gift of nature.

Rowe began sculpting in monumental ceramics over two decades ago.  As an artist, Rowe is the bold life force who addresses the sacred women.  Her females are not specific in nature but rather possess the position of the "temenos" or inner sacred space.  With her sculptures, Rowe creates containers to hold and announce these beings to the world.  In her earliest works entitled, "Vessels," Rowe confronts societal pressures of female beauty.  Later with the birth of her son, Rowe re-claimed her space as an artist and completed three bodies of work in only three years with "Pleasing Female Imagery," "Human Shells as Temples," and "Female Elements."  With the entry of her daughter, Rowe finished her "Fertility Figures."  In this series the essence of fundamental emotions such as love and desire are embodied in human form.  Her works titled "Husks" explore the archetypal question of a woman's purpose after creating life.  Each piece partakes in the journey after the seeds have been sown.  Only then is the husk or shell permitted to transcend into a container for the universe.

Rowe is in many prominent private and public collections such as: the Childrens Medical Research Institute, Australia, Australian Embassy, Washington D.C., the World Trade Centre, Australia, the Australian Consulate New York, New York, McDonald's International Corporate Centre, Sydney, Australia, Coles Myer Collection, Australia, and the James Fairfax Collection, Australia .  As a sculptor she has been featured in a number of documentaries over the past decade as: CNN, Making the Most of it, July 01, USA Live, interview with Greg Fitsimmons. Feb 18th 97, the Today Show, interview live via satellite from New York, Chanel 9, Australia, Dec 94 and March 95, Arts Review Program, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Televised Sept 92, Radio National Arts Review, A.B.C. Sept 92, City Talk, Channel 9, Australia , Televised Sept 92, The Search for Meaning by Caroline Jones, Television and Radio National-, May 90, Apr 91, Feb 92, and Size Video Magazine, Tokyo , Oct 91.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2003  Lucas LA, "Human Shells As Temples"
2003  VDA Y LA, Director's Guild Theater, Hollywood, LA           
2002  Lucas, Beverly Hills, LA                      
2002  Don Q'Melveny Gallery, "Femelements" Hollywood , LA      
2002  Elena Zass Gallery, "Pleasing Female Imagery," Laguna Beach , CA   
1999  Beaver Gallery Canberra , Australia               
1998  Quadrivium Gallery Sydney , Australia               
1995  Synchronicity Space Soho , New York               
1995  Elaine Benson Gallery Bridgehampton , New York           
1994 Lay of the Land Australian Embassy, Washington , DC .
1994  Kennedy Center, Washington, DC    .              
1994  Smithsonian Associates Program, Washington, DC . Lecture on work   
1994  Synchronicity Space, Soho , New York               
1993  Bergdorf Goodman Men's &Women's Store, New York      
1993  From Another Place Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York   
1992  Blaxland Gallery Sydney, Australia                   
1990  Blaxland Gallery Sydney , Australia               
1990  Grace Brothers Store Sydney CBD, Store frontage windows       
1990  Distelfink Gallery Melbourne , Australia               
1989  Blaxland Gallery Sydney , Australia              
1989  Grace Brothers Sydney CBD, Store frontage windows           

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2001 Chicago SOFA                          
1998  Australian Art Resources Sydney, Australia                
1996  Oceania Arts Festival- The Salon, New York               
1995  Women's Art Exhibition- World Bank Headquarters, Washington . D.C. SpiritedTouch. - Archetype Gallery, Soho, New York   
1995  Sacred Archetype- Archetype Gallery, Soho, New York       
1995  Art Designed for Living- Archetype Gallery, Soho, New York      
1994  Re-enchantment- Archetype Gallery, Soho, New York       
1994  Metropolitan Homes design SoHo event              
1994  Sheila Nussbaum Gallery- Milburn, New Jersey          
1994  Art Designed for Living- Archetype Gallery, Soho , New York       
1993  Sheila Nussbaum Gallery- Milburn, New Jersey          
1993  The Spirited T ouch- Archetype Gallery, Soho , New York       
1993  Art Designed for Living- Archetype Gallery, Soho , New York       
1993  Re-enchantment- Archetype Gallery, Soho , New York       
1992  The Ten Guineas show- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney           
1992  Orgatec - Koln , Germany                   
1992  Galerie Am Fishmarkt- Berlin & Erfurt , Germany          
1991  Ten Guineas Show- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney          
1991  Milan Fair Ground- Milan , Italy                   
1991  Nude Study Show- Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney           
1990  Garden Art Show- Adelaide Arts Festival Center , Adelaide       
1989  Sun Worship Show- Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney           
1989  60th Anniversary Exhibition- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney           
1989  Four Young Artists- Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney          
1989  Sydney Images- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney              
1988  Past Present and Future- Artarmon Gallery, Sydney           
1988  Group Show- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney              
1988  Selexcellence- Artlook Gallerv. Sydney               
1988  Opening Exhibition- Darling Harbor Exhibition Center, Sydney, Group Show- Sydney Textile Museum              
1987  Graduate Diploma Exhibition- Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney Group Exhibition- Blaxland Gallery, Sydney       

2003  "Sunfish" Commission for Laguna Beach Bank of America       
2001  Second Runner-up, Redesigning the White House. Dwell Magazine  
2000  Honorable Mention, Puerto Rico Millennium Monument Competition    
2000  Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies, University of N.S.W   
1982-85  Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts). University of N.S.W.            
1988-89  Overseas Study Grant, Arts Council of Australia           
1982  Artist in Residence, University of New South Wales

Laguna Coastline Pilot, March 06; Laguna News Post, March 06; Architectural Digest, Apr 03; Santa Monica Observer, Oct 02, Mar 03; Dwell Architecture Magazine, Sept 01; The Futurist, Aug 01; The Washington Times, July 01; Qantas Inflight Magazine, Nov 98; Ceramics Monthly, lnternational. Dec 95; Miscellanea, Australian Embassy, Dec 95; Miscellanea, Australian Embassy, Aug 95; Dans Paper, Hamptons, New York, Aug 95; South Hampton Press, Aug 95; Washington Post, Oct 94; Washington Times, Oct 94; A+U Architecture and Design, Japan, Nov 93; Interni Annualle, Italy, Jan 93; South Hampton Press, Jun 93; Churinga, Australian Consulate Newsletter, Jul 93, May 92; UArca, design in America Italy, Jul 92; State of the Art, Issue 3, 1992; Metro Feature, Sydney Morning Herald, Sept 92; The Melbourne Age, Sept 92; The Mercury, Tasmania, Sept 92; The Adelaide Courier, Sept 92; The Telegraph Mirror, Sept 92; The Sunday Telegraph, Sept 92; The Brisbane Courier, Sept 92; The Western Herald, Sept 92; The Bulletin, Sept 89; Look Magazine, Art Gallery N.S.W. Sept 92, April 89; Gallery Magazine, National Gallery of Victoria, March 90; Australian Artists, Max Germaine; Crafts Arts International, Sept 91; Art and Australia, April 89, Sept 90; Vogue Living Magazine, April 89, Feb 92; Follow Me Magazine, May 89.

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