Karen Laurence-Rowe

Otoro and Calf by Karen Laurence-Rowe Riverside Gallery Barnes

Karen Laurence-Rowe

Winner Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

Recipient of the AFC Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award 2015


David Shepherd Personal Choice award 2017

Karen Laurence-Rowe was born in Uganda, daughter to a civil engineer, her family lived almost a nomadic existence, moving around East Africa to wherever a road or a bridge was needed.  Home, in those early years was often a prefab wooden site house with lions and hyenas breaking the sounds of the night and constant attacks on the chicken house by various beasts!  With no towns or cities around for hundreds of miles, Karen and her siblings would draw to entertain themselves. These memories of Africa’s virtually unspoiled landscapes, teeming with game and magnificent views, were to influence her subject matter as an artist in later years.

Although Karen Laurence-Rowe is most well known for painting African Wildlife – She is just as interested in capturing the landscapes, seascapes and the people of the country she is in.  She is extremely versatile in medium and style and can switch easily from oils into watercolors or charcoal.

Karen’s paintings grace the walls of many an art lover both in Kenya , where she lives, and in homes all over the world. 

She paints from her Studio in Nairobi which enables her to get into the field regularly to sketch and photograph the wildernesses that she so loves.   Karen’s concern for what it happening to the wildlife and the wildscapes around her is reflected deeply in her work.   She regularly donates to conservation.

“Never Before has it been so important to capture the creatures of this planet that are disappearing before our very eyes!  I am deeply concerned about the rapid slide to extinction that so many animals across the planet are facing – With the dust of Africa ingrained in my brush and ingrained in my blood, I am compelled to capture its precious remnants…. before mankind has destroyed it all!”


Karen Laurence-Rowe exhibitions:

Bi Annual Exhibitions at various venues in Kenya since  1989

More recent:

1998  Shared show Antipodes Gallery New York
A regular Part of group shows at the Art of Africa Gallery  since 2006
2008 Solo show Talisman Gallery Nairobi
2008 mixed Group show Osborne Studio Gallery London
2009 Exhibition with Kitengela Glass – Matbronze Gallery Nairobi
2010 Mixed  Group Show Osborne Studio Gallery London
2011 Solo Show Muthaiga Country Club Nairobi
2011 Group Exhibition Belgravia Gallery – Exhibitor and Co-Organizer of an Exhibition for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund – opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh
2012 Winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Award
2013 Solo Exhibition with Alexander Meddowes Edinburgh
2014 Group Exhibition Alexander Meddows
2014 Solo Exhibition Drang Galleries Padstow/Corwall and Salcombe Devon
2015 Group Show Fillingdon Fine Art
2016 Group Show Fillingdon Fine Art
2017 Spring, Summer, xmas Shows Fillingdon Fine Art
2018 Spring Show, Hillingdon Fine Art


Wildscape Magazine (cover feature) Vol 8 No.3 2008
BBC Wildlife Magazine March 2008
A Gallery of East African Birds 2010
The Art of Conservation “ An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2010
The Art of Conservation “ An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2011
The Art of Conservation “ An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2012
The Art of Conservation “An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2013
The Art of Conservation “An International Exhibit of Nature in Art 2014
The Art of Conservation “An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2015
The Art of Conservation “An international Exhibit of Nature in Art 2016
Wildlife Art Journal June 2012
Leisure Painter November 2012
Best of Worldwide Artists Vol 1 2013
Pratiqe des Arts July/September  2014 issue
Swara Magazine January/March – Portfolio section