Profile: Golf course painter Lincoln Rowe

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 27, 2011 11:56

Profile: Golf course painter Lincoln Rowe

For many golf clubs, an original painting of the signature hole, or indeed, a series of paintings in original fine chalk pastels, would grace the walls of most clubhouses for decades.

Golf paintings are a unique way to celebrate the club’s centenary, or any anniversary or special occasion held by the club. Corporate sponsors may look to a painting for their boardroom and anybody could commission a painting to celebrate their ‘hole in one’. A new club could start to chart its own history or a club captain can commission a painting for his term of office. A fine painting in chalk pastels would be an elegant focal point and be unique.

Lincoln Rowe has an established reputation as one of the world’s best landscape artists and in particular one of the finest golfing artists. Painting in situ, Lincoln has developed a personal technique painting in fine chalk pastels to really capture the atmosphere, the mood and the effects of light across, say, a links terrain, giving a sense of actually being able to feel the course. Looking at a painting you can feel the turf under your feet, smell the freshly mown grass and hear the click of club striking ball – that is how lifelike and accurate the paintings are.

Lincoln is a native Scot and grew up in North Berwick painting golfing landscapes for over 30 years. His career really began as a sea going artist for the Marine Society on a world wide commission on board ships of all types to create a record of the working merchant and Royal Navy fleets, deep sea and in port. Painting aboard a ship on a rolling sea is no mean feat.

His work was so impressive that he was also commissioned by the army and in particular commando units of the Royal Marines. He has painted in numerous conflict zones around the world notably the Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. There have been tours to Artic Norway and the jungles of Belize and over ten major mountaineering expeditions to the world’s highest peaks in Alaska, the Andes, the Karakoram and the Himalayas including three on Everest at altitudes of up to 23,500 feet. The most pressurised situation he has found himself in however was a private exhibition by request of his work at Buckingham Palace for the Royal family.

An important part of his development in golf has come from working with Scotland’s premier golf course architect Graeme Webster. Lincoln was able to translate the vision of the architect in initial planning stages into a series of artistic impressions, giving the customer a very graphic idea of how the course would look when completed, greatly assisting in the development of plans into reality.

There is an ambition to paint all the Braid courses as a specialised collection. Lincoln is more than capable of working under pressure and the challenges of the golfing landscape, albeit in extremes of weather, is no less demanding, capturing the background sea with links or coastal courses, rolling hillsides, lakes and ponds or mountains. The attention to detail is outstanding and very accurate in delivering a masterpiece of work.

The project always begins with a detailed course survey where Lincoln stalks the best aspect to paint, looks at it in all lights and weather conditions. There is a deep understanding of the whole golfing landscape, all the contours, the subtle borrows and the colours to create a vibrant original painting that brings the course to life to enhance any wall in a clubhouse, boardroom, home or office.

While the original painting comes at a cost, this can be cleverly recovered by a series of limited edition prints which, when sold, will more than cover the cost of a painting making it self financing and indeed profitable. Whether it is the breathtaking beauty of the signature hole, a dramatic panorama, greens and rolling fairways it will be a dramatic piece of work from an outstanding artist.

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 27, 2011 11:56
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