This piece is one of a series of drawings exploring the imagery of the desert. It was created with coffee and ballpoint on water color paper. 

This piece is framed with a 3 inch white mat and simple black frame with conservation glass. The frame dimensions are 18"H x 12"W x .5"D. The original drawing is 11"H x 5"W. It is wired and ready to hang. 

- Jacob Rowan

Vignettes from the Desert I

Ink artwork on paper

Signed on back

18" h x 12" w x .5" d
1 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.