Ian Rowlands was born in Liverpool, he graduated with a BA Fine Art from Norwich School of Art. This was followed by three years' graduate study at the Royal Academy Schools.
The primary focus of his work has centred on the complex architecture and landscape of the human head, but more recently he has turned his gaze to the landscape. An interest in the raw materials of the artist led him into teaching and writing. He has contributed to a number of publications including 'The Observer Guide to Painting', and is the author of 'Foundation course, Life Drawing'.