Holton Rower (b. 1962, New York, NY) is an artist currently living and working in New York, NY who attended The Putney School in Vermont. Rower has had numerous solo shows over the past three decades at institutions like Galerie 6, Aurau, Switzerland, Galleria Maeght, Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France, John McWhinnie, Jay Grimm Gallery, and Cencebaugh Contemporary in New York, NY, among others. He has released a multitude of books of his work and has also been featured in publications including Complex and the Huffington Post.  Most recently, Holton had a solo show at Pace Beijing, and a second solo show with The Hole.

Rower’s newest works are a powerful exploration of movement, color, and form. By working with gravity while pouring paint onto various apparatuses, his works become psychedelic snapshots of his artistic process. Past works include sculptures constructed out of a variety of non-traditional materials including human hair, dollar bills, mutated locks, and fishhooks. While he does work within a wide variety of meaning, all of Rower’s works examine the processes and methods of creation, and reveal the inherent vibrancy that lies within each piece.



b. 1962, New York, NY

Lives and works in New York, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2013        “Focus Paintings: Pour Paintings” The Hole, New York, NY

2012        Untitled Fair (solo booth with The Hole), Miami Beach, FL

“Pour Paintings” The Hole, New York, NY

Shizaru Gallery, London, England

Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2010        John McWhinnie, New York, NY

2007       Galeria 6, Aarau, Switzerland

2001        Galeria Maeght, Barcelona, Spain

2000       Galeria Estudio Funetes, Madrid, Spain

Jay Grimm Gallery, New York, NY

Cencebaugh Contemporary, New York, NY

1998        Galerie Maeght, Paris, France

1995        Kunsthaus Orlikon, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie 6, Aarau, Switzerland

1994       The William Ubee Kind Gallery, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions

2013        Tectonic: The Moving Museum, curated by Simon Sakhai, Dubai

2011         Soft Machines, Pace Gallery, New York, NY


Special Projects

1997        Large Scale Prints, Galerie Maeght Print Shop, Paris France

1996       “Church of Sculpture”, 23′ high x 24′ wide x 20′ deep, private commission outdoor monumental                    sculpture, Nashville, TN



2012        “Pour Paintings”, The Hole, Anteism Books, NYC NY

2010        “Scrap”, JMc &GHB Editions, New York, NY

1999       “Jaw Law”, Poems by John Sweeney/ Etchings by Holton Rower, Arte Publisher, Paris, France

1995        “The Grey Catalogue”, Kunsthaus Orlikon, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie 6, Catalog, Aarau, Switzerland

1994       “The White Catalogue”, The William Ubee Kind Gallery, New York, NY

1993        Threshold Foundation Annual Report

1991        “Nettles,” a book of photographs, poems and drawings, Flockophobic Press LTD

1987        Threshold Foundation Annual Report


Selected Press


Boul, Geoffroy, “Holton Rower ‘Pour Paintings’ @ The Hole,” La MJC, May 2

Cooper, Leah Faye, “Holton Rower: Pour Paintings’ Set to be Housed at The Hole,” Societe Perrier, April 25

Ellenberg, Celia, “The Perfect Pour,” Style.com, May 4


Howard, Sarah, “Inspiration: Dior Vernis + Holton Rower,” Beautybanter.com, May 10

Jeff, “Pour Paintings by Holton Rower,” B0000000m.com, June 29

Labarre, Suzanne, “Holton Rower’s Paintings Look Like Geodes, Dripping Off The Wall,” Fast Company Design

Lamont-Djite, Tara, “Paint, Pour, Polish,” Beautylish.com, May 13

Martinez, Alanna, “The weekend AGENDA: Seductive Antique Apothecary Bottles, Psychedelic Pour Paintings, and Antoni Muntadas at MoMA PS1,” Blouin Artinfo, April 27

Quinn, Bryony, “Beautiful, flow-triumphant Pour Paintings by Holton Rower on show in New York,” It’s Nice That, May 4

Roffino, Sara, “Holton Rower Pour Paintings,” Planet°, May 4

Ross, Cody, “Art Basel, Miami 2012 South Beach,” CONTRA

Tuite, John, “Holton Rower at The Hole,” Opening Ceremony Blog, April 30

“Pour Paintings by Holton Rower,” Inspired

“Trippy Pour Paintings by Holton Rower @ The Hole NYC,” Solifestyle™, April 30

“Holton Rower: Pour Paintings | The Hole NYC,” AMMO Magazine, May

“Opening the Eye Mind: Meditation with Sokuzan Bob Brown,” The Interdependence Project, May 17

“Holton Rower’s Hypnotizing ‘Pour’ Paintings (VIDEO),” Huff Post Arts, April 27

“Exhibition of works by New York based artist Holton Rower opens at Shirazu in London,” Artdaily.org, May 24

“Holton Rower’s catalytic art (plywood + 50 gallons of paint + big imagination), Improvisedlife.com, May 4


Baker, Allese Thomson, “Critics’ picks New York: Soft Machines,” Artforum.com, August 10

Carbone, Bradley, “Well Played: Holton Rower’s Pour Paintings are Trippy,” Complex art+design, February 10

Fensom, Sarah E., “Psyched Out,” Art&Antiques, September

Johnson, Ken, “Art in Review: Soft Machines,” The New York Times, July 28

Moshakis, Alex, “Holton Rower,” It’s Nice That, February 10

“Holton Rower: Pour,” Designboom, February 15


Artforum, Critic’s Picks, Allese Thomson Baker, 2011

The New York Times, Art in Review, Ken Johnson, July 28 2011

Style.com, The Perfect Pour, Celia Ellenberg, 2012