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Backwoods Gallery exhibit work by artists who have a background in street art and illustration, and provide a space for artists to present their work, on their own terms, without limitations.

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REIKAI by Jack Rowland

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'Reikai' is a Japanese word for 'Spirit World' or the 'Other World'.
In this new body of work, Jack Rowland presents a series of dream-like, psychedelic paintings that reflect on his recent artistic journey in Japan, where he lived and worked for a year.

The subjects of these new works are drawn from Japan's sacred sites or religious objects such as Shinto shrine gates, a Zen garden and a Buddha statue.

Combining a loose paint-pouring technique with controlled representational painting, Rowland depicts dream-like interpretations of traditional Japan through the lens of psychedelia. The fluid background and the use of surreal colour schemes invites his audience into hallucinatory imaginings of the spirit realm.

For this exhibition, Rowland has collaborated with artist Yuria Okamura. Her geometric wall drawings bring Rowland's paintings together into an immersive installation evoking the contemplative qualities of a Japanese temple.

Process video


Jack Rowland is a Melbourne-based artist, whose chromatic and saturated landscape paintings aim to offer alternative perceptions of the natural world. Rowland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from RMIT University, Melbourne.

Rowland has exhibited in Australia and internationally by James Makin Gallery, Anna Pappas Gallery, Linden New Art, Rubicon ARI, Blindside Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery and Kunstraum Tapir (Berlin). He received the Hawkesbury Art Prize Highly Commended Award in 2015, and has also been short listed for a number of prizes such as Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize, Albany Art Prize and Substation Art Prize.

Jack Rowland appears courtesy of James Makin Gallery.

Earlier Event: 9 August
ALL IN THE FRONT by Elliott Routledge
Later Event: 30 August