Amanda Rowan's provocative still life and self-portrait images depict playful and sensual moments, eliciting humor through an exploration of the power and vulnerability of womanhood. Rowan curates richly styled vignettes depicting moments of mysticism and seduction. Her work explores domestic labor and gender using a mix of visual iconography, including food advertising, vintage pinup, and religious deities.
Rowan has received numerous accolades, including The Women's International Study Center Fellowship 2021, Curator Award 2019, from Photo District News (P.D.N.), Photographer of the Year 2018 from the International Chromatic Photography association, and the Tokyo International Award for Photography in 2019.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Carrie Able Gallery, Photo LA, Photo London, Art Basel, The Wall Street Gallery, and The Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Her images hang in the permanent collection at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas with Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami. Her images are included in the permanent collection at the ACEQUIA MADRE Museum, Santa Fe, NM.
Originally from the Bay area, the daughter of Bluegrass Legend Peter Rowan, she began shooting rock concerts during high school. Her distinctive visual style has translated into advertising campaigns for clients, including Disney, NBC, and HBO. Her editorial portraits include global artists, performers, and pop celebrities alike.
Rowan graduated Cum Laude from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She resided in New York City for several years appearing as an actress in film and TV such as "Law and Order", the "Chappelle Show" with Dave Chappelle, and National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" co-starring with Paris Hilton. She performed several roles on Broadway including Curles's wife in "Of Mice and Men." Her creative practice combines an investigation of her experience as an actress and her visual prowess as a commercial photographer. Her work investigates ideas of the female body in the media and its intersection with contemporary visual content creation and reproductive politics. Rowan now lives in Los Angeles, working within the genres of photography and performance art. Rowan is currently a Full-Time Faculty at the Photo Arts Conservatory at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles in both the MFA and BFA programs.
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