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Rowan McGinness is an emerging contemporary artist born and residing in Canberra, Australia. She graduated with Honours from the Australian National University School of Art and Design. She won awards at her Graduating Exhibition in 2018 through the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS), including an acquisition award and a exhibition award at Alliance Français. She has since also been awarded a Emerging Artist Grant from Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO).
Her practice considers how tactility and spatial engagement open up possibilities for making paintings that invite the audience to have an expanded experience of viewing. She aims to achieve this by creating works that place an emphasis on the sense of touch and bodily engagement. Her studio research takes form as paintings that balance materiality and illusion, as well as hybrid painted objects.
She is currently working on a collaboration when Abbey Jamieson which will be shown at ANCA in 2021.