And on a less formal note -
I was educated at Hertford Grammar School and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. Between these two I went to art school – but left after a week. Following Oxford, I joined the family farming business and started to sculpt in my spare time. Eventually someone suggested that I sell my work through craft fairs, where fortunately I attended one attached to the Hampton Court Flower Show. The following year I exhibited within the show itself, and the year after that at Chelsea. I exhibited with the Royal Horticultural Society for ten years, which introduced me to the commissioning process and gave me a broad-based clientele. The rest, as they say, is history (which I have summarized above).
At this point, I suppose I should attach the obligatory “artist statement.” I don't like the term, which seems to me to be pompous; nor do I like many of the statements I have seen, which are often wordy, turgid and pretentious, even when intelligible. However, I suppose it is useful to say something about one's approach and where it comes from – so here it is, call it what you will!
In recent years, where I have had the good fortune to gain an increasing number of public commissions, my respect for the commissioning process has increased. I have had to relate to and interact with not just individual but community involvement, and I have become convinced that the most valuable art is a joint creation of the artist and the society in which and for which he works.
Copyright © 2014 by Rodney Munday