Rowen Matthews has been practicing as a painter since 2001. He was awarded the Calleen Art Prize in 2009, the Blackheath Art Prize in 2010 and was granted an Australian Postgraduate Award in 2012 for his PhD studio practice study. He was Highly Commended in the 2011 Countryscapes Prize, the 2012 Central West Regional Artists Award and the 2013 New South Wales Parliament House Plein Air Painting Prize.
He has recently exhibited as a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award, the Rick Amor Drawing Prize and the Mosman Art Prize.
His work is held in private and public collections including Charles Sturt University, Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Launceston City Council.