Approved: 27.09.2012

Rhonda Whitehead

Artist

Archived
Approved: 27.09.2012

Nature is the source of each of these paintings by Rhonda Whitehead. Working as she has in the wetlands of Norfolk, the Northern Territory in Australia and more recently in Europe.
Whether in a microscopic scale within nature or the actions of nature on the human built landscape. There is immediacy to these paintings. They realise the dissolution of form, the reformation of form, the formlessness,

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  • Location: Redenhall/Harleston, East
  • Activities: Practice-based research
 
 

Biography

Nature is the source of each of these paintings by Rhonda Whitehead. Working as she has in the wetlands of Norfolk, the Northern Territory in Australia and more recently in Europe. Whether in a microscopic scale within nature or the actions of nature on the human built landscape. There is immediacy to these paintings. They realise the dissolution of form, the reformation of form, the formlessness, and the structures inherent in apparently formless surfaces scenarios in nature and the built environment. These paintings are accents of a place distilled, as through a visual screen, much as what Georgia O'Keefe once achieved more literally, with her landscape details of New Mexico. Recent works at New Hall, Cambridge recalling the eroded walls of buildings: Whitehead's painterly response awakens our interest in all manner of physical and climatic exchanges we read on the surfaces of buildings. These are non-places, evocative surfaces experiences, with cadence, a history and cues stemming from hidden subtly changing worlds. It is a if the artist were capturing the mind that exists in all matter. John K. Grande May 2008 John Grande's Art Nature Dialogues : published by SUNY press, New York

CV & Education

RHONDA WHITEHEAD MA RCA

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013                        Guest artist exhibition The Ark Gallery, ChanningSchool, Highgate

2011                        Highgate Contemporary Art, London

                               The Hostry Gallery, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich

2010                        New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

2009                        Kings Arts Centre, Kings College, Cambridge

                               The Muse at 269, London                 

2008                       Grapevine Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk

                               AWD fine art gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

                               Clare Hall Gallery Cambridge

2006                        AWD fine art gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

2003                        Grapevine Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk

2002                        Reading Room Gallery, Australia House, London

2001                        Highgate Fine Art, London &

                               Reading Room Gallery, Australia House, London

1999                        Highgate Fine Art & Highgate Gallery, London

1998                        3-4 South Square, Grays Inn, London

1997                        St Brannocks Gallery, Mundesley, Norfolk

1996                        Artery Gallery: London

1995                        Ben Nicholson Gallery:                      

                               Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk

                               Pizza Express: Nth London

1994                        The Highgate Gallery, London

1988                        Crown Reach Gallery: Millbank, London

1986                        Minories Gallery: Colchester

                               Square Gallery: London

1984                        Paton Gallery: London

1980                        Ikon Gallery: Birmingham, England

1979                        Article Gallery: Amsterdam, Holland

1977                        Produzenten Galerie: Hamburg, Germany

                               Electric Gallery: Toronto, Canada

1975                        Commonwealth Institute Gallery: London

 

GROUP ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013                        Highgate Contemporary Art London

2005                        The Cut, New Cut Halesworth Arts Centre,Works on Paper

2004                        Blythburgh Church, Halesworth Festival exhibition Suffolk

2003                        Hutson Gallery, Piccadilly, London

1995                        Halesworth Gallery: Suffolk

1982                        House Gallery: London

1975                        Sheila David Gallery: London

1974                        Kinetics Exhibition: Utrecht, Holland

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013                         Art Alive: The Assembly house, Norwich. Snape Maltings                                                       Gallery Aldeburgh, Open exhibition Holt 

                                Festival, Cairns Centre, Greshams School. Apex Gallery, summer                                          exhibition Bury St. Edmunds  

2012                        Mandells Gallery Christmas exhibition Highgate Contemporarty Art                                          ,summer exhibition, London,

                               Norfolk and Norwich taster exhibition The Forum Norwich. 20 Elm Hill                                      February and November     

2011                        Mandells Gallery summer exhibition , Flying Colours exhibition, The                                        Assembly House Gallery, Norwich

                               Mandells Gallery Christmas exhibition                         

2010                        SOS Open Studios, Blackthorpe Barn SOS exhibition, Suffolk

                                Finalists exhibition ‘artofgiving’ Saatchi Gallery London                         

2009                        Arts Landscape Network group exhibition                  

                                Cowcross St London

                                Womens Art Show Fairfields Arts Centre Hampshire

                                Kings Lynn 40th Open exhibition Kings Lynn, Norfolk

                                18/21 Gallery ‘Diverse Practice’ Norwich, Norfolk

                                EWACC Lennox Gallery, London. Blackthorpe Barn

                                Suffolk Open Studios exhibition Studio 106 Gallery London                     

2008                        Horace Blue Gallery, Norwich, Christmas exhibition

                                The Cut, New Cut Halesworth Arts Centre Christmas exhibition

2007                        Edward Twohigs Collection exhibition Burstow Gallery Brighton

                                Byard Stand Islington Art Fair, London

2006                        Byard Open exhibition, Cambridge

2005                        Harleston Gallery, Harleston and Waveney Festival, Open Studios

                               Norwich Castle Landscape 200 Open Art Show

                               Grapevine gallery, December exhibition

2004                        Grapevine gallery, Norwich

                               A Visual Feast, Harleston and Waveney Festival

                               Harleston Bookshop

                               Norfolk Open Studios

2003                        Lennox Gallery, Fulham, London

2002                        Christmas Show, Highgate Fine Art, London

                               Christmas Exhibition, The Circle Gallery, Edinburgh

                               Christmas Exhibition, Insight Gallery, Norwich

                                Paint the Town, Waveney Festival, Norfolk

                                Contemporary Art Exhibition, Redgrave Church, Redgrave, Norfolk

                                Highgate Fine Art Summer exhibition

2001                        Selected Exhibition 'Language of Water' Hotbath Gallery: Bath

                               Open Studios Exhibition: Norfolk

2000                        Christmas Exhibition - Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk

                                Summer Exhibition - Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk

                                Natural World Beatrice

                                Royal Contemporary Art, Hampshire

1999                        Christmas Exhibition - Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk

                               Highgate Fine Art Summer Exhibition

                               Open Studios Exhibition, Norfolk

1998                        Highgate Fine Art, Summer Exhibition

1997                        Summer Exhibition, Advice Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk

                               Artwork, Landor Road, Lambeth Hospital, London.

1996                        Halesworth Gallery, Art Auction, Suffolk

                               Artwork, Landor Road, Lambeth Hospital

1995                        Halesworth Gallery, Suffolk

                               Ann Hicks Gallery, London

1994                        New Burlington Gallery, London 'Summer Exhibition'

                               Coventry Gallery, London 'Womens Contemporary Art'.

                               Aberdona Gallery, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.

1993                        Printmakers Council Exhibition, Barbican Concourse Gallery, London

                               Knapp Gallery, Regents College, London, Summer School, tutors                                            exhibition.

                               Coventry Gallery: London

1992                        Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios: Norfolk

                                Whiteleys Christmas Fair: London

1990                        Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

1989                        Ways of Telling Exhibition, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno and Old Library                                    Gallery: Cardiff

                                Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

                                Summer Annual Fair Exhibition Air Gallery

                                Critics Space Exhibition Air Gallery

1988                        Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

1987                        Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

                               Curwen Gallery, Summer Exhibition: London

                               Curwen Gallery, Xmas Exhibition

1986                        Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

                                Lamont Gallery: London

                                Camden Artists Group Exhibition: London

                                Air Gallery, Auction Exhibition

1984                        Art for Schools Exhibition, Wells Art Centre, Wells next the Sea: Norfolk

                               Open Exhibition Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn: Norfolk

1983                        Thelma Watt Promotions: London

1982                        Black to White, Thelma Watt Promotions: London

                                The London Group, Camden Arts Centre: London

                                Penwith Galleries: St. Ives

                                Gardiner Arts Centre: Brighton

1981                        Exhibition at St Martins College of Art: London

                               Space Studios Open Exhibition: London

                               Aspects of Drawing, House Gallery: London

                               Thelma Watts Promotions: London

1980                        The London Group, Morley Gallery: London

1978                        Europe Prize for Painting: Ostend, Belgium

1976                        Exhibition of Drawings, Institute of Contemporary Arts: London

                                Serpentine Summer Show 4: London

                                Europe Prize for Painting: Ostend, Belgium

1975                        Second International Drawing Biennial, Middlesborough

                                Exhibition at Air Gallery: London

1974                        Recent kinetics travelling exhibition: Brighton, Nottingham and Cardiff

                                Australian Artists in England Exhibition: Lincoln and London

1973                        Europe Prize for Painting Exhibition: Ostend, Belgium

1972/3                     Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

1972                        Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art Eleventh Annual Exhibition.

1971                        Royal College of Art Degree Show

                               Mixed Multiple Exhibition: Sloane Street, London

1970                        Young Contemporaries, Royal College of Art

 

PUBLICATIONS

2011                        Mother Nature inspires Rhonda, Alison Oldham Hampstead and Highgate                                Express / April14th

2008                        Leading us to see local scenes through her eyes, Christopher Smith,                                      Eastern Daily Press

                                Jan 29th and Arts East The worlds of science and the arts collide Sue                                    Elliott Dec 2007 / Jan 2008

                                John Grande forward for catalogue ‘Nature Becoming’

2005                        Fragile nature an inspiration for Rhonda, Mary Rudd Eastern Daily Press                                  May 9th

                                Exhibitions Choice Tony Cooper Eastern Daily Press May 21st

2003                        Rhondas exhibition is crossing continents, Eastern Daily Press, February                                10.

2001                        Earth, rock, water, Helen Smithson, Ham & High, September 14.

1999                        Artist very much in her elements, Helen Smithson, Ham & High, October                                2.

1998                        Rhonda's Walkabout, Linda Talbot, Ham & High, November 13.

1996                        Inspirations on the riverbank, Linda Talbot, Ham & High, June.

1995                        Halesworth Gallery, Community News.

1994                        Waterland under the Microscope Art Linda Talbot, Ham & High, May.

1986                        Mystic music made from land & water'Linda Talbot, Ham & High, Aug.

                                Recent Work Minories Catalogue Margaret Garlake

1984                        London Round Up Art Monthly Margaret Garlake

                                Arts Guardian Waldemar Januszczak, 'London Galleries Proliferate'                                         International

                                Herald Tribune Max Wykes Joyce.

                                The Arts The Times John Russell Taylor,

                                'London Galleries' Financial Times William Packer

                                'New Work' by Rhonda Whitehead Aspects no. 26 Monica Petzal

1982                        Visual Arts Selections Time Out Monica Petzal, Visual Arts City Limits                                   Guy Brett.

                                'Painters Playtime' Marina Vaizey The Sunday Times.

1981                        'Trailer' The Guardian Waldemar Januszczak,

                               Ikon Exhibition Catalogue Sarah Kent, Ikon Exhibition

1980                        Birmingham Post Terry Grimley, 'Between Being & Not Being, Walter                                      Barten

1979                        Arts Page Kunstkroniek Die Welt Ausgabe Hamburg, Artzien MG                                            Amsterdam, Article Galerie.

1978                        Art Monthly, Mural News, Europe Prize for Painting Michael Shepherd, '                                  Constructions with Perspex Tubes & Rods' Leonardo, Contemporary Art                                  Magazine.

1975                        Arts Review Cottie Burland, Commonwealth Institute.

1974                        'Kunst uit Londen' Utrecht Holland. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

1972                        Guardian Caroline Tinsdall                               

1971                        'Rotating Bars & Discs on a Rotating Platform' Leonardo

 

AWARDS

2006                        First Prize Byard Open exhibition Cambridge

1979                        British Council Award for Transportation costs for exhibition in                                                Amsterdam, Holland.

1978                        Bronze medal: Europe Prize for Painting: Ostend, Belgium

1977                        Arts Council Award for Materials

                                Visual Arts Board Award for Materials

                                Arts Council Award: fee for painting mural: North London

                               Greater London Arts Award towards scaffolding costs for mural: North                                      London

1976                        Bronze medal: Europe Prize for Painting: Ostend, Belgium

1975                        Arts Council Award for Materials

1974                        Arts Council Award for Materials

                               British Council Award for transportation costs for exhibition in Utrecht,                                      Holland

1973                        Arts Council Award for Materials

                                Silver Medal: Europe Prize for Painting: Ostend, Belgium

 

TEACHING

2006-08                   Two venues Norfolk Adult Education

2003-05                   Two sometimes three venues Norfolk Adult Education

2002-03                   One venue, 2 private classes per week, U.R.C. Highgate

                               2 classes Norfolk Adult Education

2001-02                   One venue, 2 private classes per week, U.R.C., Highgate

1999-00                   One venue, 3 private classes U.R.C., Highgate

1998-99                   Two venues, 3 classes including Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution                                  & Summer Course.

1997-98                   Two venues, 3 & 4 private classes including Highgate Literary & Scientific                                Institution & Summer Course

1996-97                   Two venues, 3 private classes including Highgate Literary & Scientific                                      Institution.

                               3 days Barrington Farm, Walcott, Norfolk (adults with learning                                                disabilities).

1995-96                   Three venues, 4 private classes including Highgate Literary & Scientific                                    Institution

1994-95                   Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, Sept - June 1995, four classes                                    per week.

1993-94                   Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, Sept - June 1994, three classes                                  per week.

1992                        H.L.S.I. Sept - June 1993, two classes per week.

                               Private Jan - Sept.

1990-91                   Camden Institute Adult Education, Sept - April., two evenings and three                                    evenings a week

                               Private April - December

1989-90                   Camden Institute Adult Education: Sept - July -  two evenings per week.

                               October - 1 week teaching colour and the model. Autumn short course.

                               July - 1 week Summer School colour and the model.

1988-89                   Camden Institute Adult Education: Sept - May - two evenings per week.

                               St Martins School of Art: Sept - May -                    one day per week.

1986-87                   St Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Sept - March - one day                                per week.

                               Camden Institute Adult Education: 3 evenings and one day per week.

                               Sept - Dec : teaching life drawing, visual art and Tutor in Charge Duties

1985-86                   St Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: One day per week                                        Sept - December

                               Byam Shaw School of Art : Visiting lecturer teaching colour, Tate Gallery                                three days Sept - Dec

1984-85                   St Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Visiting lecturer                                            teaching 2D

                               Studies One day per week Sept - December.

                                Byam Shaw School of Art: teaching colour two days per week Sept - December.

                                Byam Shaw School of Art: one day Studio Tutor January - March.

                                Byam Shaw School of Art: 1-1.5 days May - June.

                                St Martins School of art, Foundation Department: one day per week                                         January - March.

1983-84                   Canterbury College of Art: Visiting Lecturer 3 days.

                               Byam Shaw School of Art: Visiting Lecturer 4 days

                               St Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Visiting Lecturer one                                   day per week, Sept-Dec.

                               Two days per week January – April: teaching colour and 2 dimensional                                    studies.

1982-83                   London College of Printing, Photography Department: Visiting Lecturer                                    teaching colour in conjunction with Tate Gallery, 1.5 days.                            

                               St. Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Visiting Lecturer                                        teaching colour, 2D studies 3 days per week September - March.

1982                        Homerton College of Higher Education, Cambridge University: Visiting                                      Lecturer, one day.

1981-82                   St. Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Visiting Lecturer                                         teaching2D studies 2 days per week September - March.

                               London College of Printing, Photography Department: Visiting Lecturer                                    teaching colour, in conjunction with Tate Gallery, 6 days.

1980                        St. Martins School of Art, Foundation Department: Visiting Lecturer                                        teaching colour.

                                One day per week September - December.

                                Homerton College of Higher Education, Cambridge University: Visiting                                     Lecturer One day January.

1979-80                   Whitelands College of Higher Education, Art Syndicate Dept: art teachers'                                training course.

                                January - June.    Visiting Lecturer / teaching practice supervisor.

1978                        Croydon College of Art, School of Sculpture: Visiting Lecturer. November, one day.

1977                        Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting: Visiting Lecturer. June, one                                day.

                               Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting: Visiting Lecturer.                                                November, one day.

1974-76                   Museum studies: London College of Fashion part-time.

1973-75                   Adult education part-time: pottery/painting/drawing/sculpture.

1968-73                   Children's class Saturday morning: paining/drawing/three-dimensional                                      construction.

 

COMMISSIONS

1982                        Mural for a record shop: The Strand, London. Commissioned by Boisot                                    Waters Cohen Partnership Architects

1978                        Mural for a community centre : North London

1972                        Mural for a pedestrian subway : North London

1977                        Repainted.

 

COLLECTIONS

Work held in public collections include Museum of Ostend Belgium: Whitelands College, Roehampton Institute, London : International Maritime Organization, London and Clare Hall Cambridge. Works held in private collections include U.S.A. Canada, Belgium, France & Great Britain

 

ART EDUCATION

1971-72                  Hornsey College of Art

                              Teacher Training ATC

1968-71                  Royal College of Art

                              MA in Fine Art

1966-68                   Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting

                               London Certificate in Art and Design - Distinction

                               Byam Shaw Diploma in Art and Design - Distinction

1950                        Born Sydney, Australia.