This year, I
thought I would revise my website into what I suppose
modern parlance would call a blog, making it more informal and
sharing my thoughts on art and other things with you. As I
mentioned on the homepage, I believe all forms of art should
speak for themselves, and I detest the the wordy and frequently
unintelligible effusions that so often accompany the
visual arts these days. However, there are some helpful
things that can be said which can be informative, both with
regards to how an artwork has come about and its raison
I have also added two extra links from this page. The first
deals with general and varied reflections under the title of Views
from a French Lavatory, which I hope to continue
from time to time.
link is to some of my poems. I have produced these for as long
as I have painted and sculpted. Many of them reflect similar
concerns; some are direct reflections of sculpture I have
produced; and others are a reflection of my life as a farmer.
of the attractions of commission work for me is that it
develops into a conversation between
artist and client. The nature of a blog is, as I
understand it, that it also carries the possibility of
becoming a conversation. Therefore, if you have any comments
you would like to make, do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will reply.
65th Salon International de Pont de Cheruy, 13th - 28th
Commissioned by Inchcape Shipping
as a commemorative retirement gift for a presentation in
Saint Andrew, the Fisher of Men
Saint Andrew's Minster Church, Plymouth
Information about this fascinating project can be seen
Rodney's intentions and more images of the completed
work can be seen by clicking on the image above.
Additional coverage can be found in an article in the
A bust of Richard Hale, who founded a grammar school
in Hertford now named after him, was unveiled in
December 2016 to commemorate the school's
quatercentenary this year, in advance of a service
held in St. Paul's Cathedral to commemorate the
Exhibitions in Lyon and Zillisheim
In December, Rodney
won Le Grand
Prix de Sculpture at Art-inter's Grand Prix
International des Créateurs du Siecle, at
the Palais de Bondy in Lyon.
In October he was chosen as invité
at the Salon International des
Arts at Zillisheim in Alsace (http://salon-zillisheim.fr
In April, at the
Salon d'Art du Colombier, St. Arnoult-en-Yvelines,
Rodney was awarded the medal for the sculpture
most popular with children.
He also exhibited at Regarde
sur l'oeil at Oust (Ariege) in July, and
at Le Tour
d'Art at Trie-sur-Baïse (Haut Pyrenées)
Exhibition in Foix.
Rodney was invited to exhibit at the Galerie
du Lycée Gabriel Fauré
in Foix, Ariege, from September to December. The
gallery, sited within the beautiful surroundings of the
lycée, is linked with Les
, the Museum of Modern Art in Toulouse.
took place on the 26th September, shared with the well known
British painter David Saunders.
Lycée Gabriel Fauré
Edmund in Cambridge
A third bronze casting of St. Edmund of Abingdon was
installed in December at St. Edmund's College Cambridge in
front of the chapel, within a fine new architectural
Rodney with Angela Fisher (left) and other
members of the sculpture committee after the unveiling of The Gift
at St. Richard's
This public commission involved
life-sized sculpture for hospitals in West Sussex to promote and
celebrate organ donation. The works at St. Richard's Hospital in
Chichester and at Worthing Hospital were unveiled in April 2014.
A 2.4m high exterior wall relief of the renowned naturalist
Alfred Russel Wallace was unveiled in October 2014 in Hertford,
the town where Wallace attended the Grammar School. Dr. George
Beccaloni from the Natural History Museum who is chairman of the
Wallace Fund, performed the unveiling.
Rodney with Dr. George
Beccaloni at the unveiling.
Rodney has been presented with
a copy of Avi Sirlin's fascinating new novel about Wallace, The Evolutionist
the publisher Aurora
. His review of the book can be seen here
GALLERY CURRENTLY EXHIBITING WORK
We are running an increasing number of painting holidays in the
Pyrenees from our house there, which won ITV's May
the Best House Win - Vive la France
, screened on
4th October 2012, which is also let for gite rental.