Kenneth Rowell (1920-1999) was a painter in watercolour and gouache, a printmaker, photographer and theatrical designer. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he began taking dance lessons in the late 1930s and was a student at the Borovansky Ballet Academy in Melbourne from 1940. Rowell danced minor roles in some early Borovansky performances in the early 1940s and designed backcloths and costumes for other productions during that period. In 1950 he settled in England and spent the next few decades in Europe with regular trips back to Australia, returning to live there in 1982. He made his name chiefly as a theatrical set designer, especially in the field of ballet, and worked with Sadler's Wells, London Theatre Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Royal Danish Ballet and other important ballet companies all over Europe and Australia. He was also involved with opera and drama productions. He died in Melbourne.
As an painter and lithographer his work is represented in several public collections in England and Australia, including by seven examples of his prints in the Tate Gallery.