"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert."
- from "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Two broken towers reach towards a desert colored moon created with a mixture of rust ink and coffee. The ink drawing is on illustration board and measures 18"H x 10"W. The piece is framed with a white window cut mat in a simple black frame. The frame dimensions are 25"H x 17"W x .5"D. It comes wired to hang. 

- Jacob Rowan

In the Desert

Drawing artwork on illustration board

Signed on front

25" h x 17" w x .5" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Jacob Rowan
Jackson, Mississippi

Getting to Know Jacob

Jacob Rowan typically begins each drawing with words in mind. He will read a poem or story that captures his attention over and over again, contemplating how to respond to it visually. He uses ink and graphite, and occasionally nontraditional materials such as coffee, to create his minimal abstract pieces. The work has the clean feel of a graphic novel, with illustrated spaces that resemble landscapes and architectural structures. There is also a science fiction quality to the drawings, with their desolate and void depictions of space, and geometric combinations of lines and shapes that feel like the face of a circuit board. The compositions have a wonderful sense of balance and motion. Each piece features a circular hinge as the focal point, on which the rest of the drawing rotates. Jacob’s work touches on the five senses–sight, sound, touch, and smell–distilling them down to a simple visual language. For instance, the work smells from the coffee grounds and pungent scent of the Sumi ink. The smell is gone when the pieces are framed, but Jacob says it stays in his memory as he creates the work. The notion of sound and how to represent it visually is also a theme in Jacob’s art, evident in the piece Chorus. Although the drawings are inspired by literature, the work stands alone to create its own narrative, told through its careful compositions, intimate sections of detail, and modern aesthetic.