Rod, who lives near Nailsworth in South Gloucestershire, UK, has made prints most of his adult life. Having professionally worked with wood, he has a good technical understanding of the possibilities of the medium. He takes inspiration from many different sources – from nature, from landscape, and of course, from other artists and printmakers.
The artist who has had the greatest influence in the earlier days of his work was the maverick Japanese woodblock artist, Shiko Munakata. These are woodcuts with a great sense of freedom, and respect for beauty and decoration, yet highly culturally relevant and also visually sophisticated.
Over the years, Rod has continually found inspiration and been impressed by work from many other woodcut artists in Europe (notably Germany), China and Japan.
As well as having work in exhibitions around the country, Rod’s work has been shown in various UK galleries, Shanghai, and in Germany. Currently he has a work selected in the winter exhibition 2018 of the International Print Centre in New York. He was a founder member of the print-making cooperative Pine Feroda, and currently teaches woodcut at the renowned college of the arts and crafts at West Dean in Sussex, as well as at the Royal West of England Academy Drawing School, in Germany, in Holland, and in Nailsworth. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman RE) of the book ‘Making Woodblock Prints’, published by Crowood Press.
Having recently had a print accepted in New York, I have been asked to talk about my work in public. This can be seen on You Tube here.