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
John Grande's Art Nature Dialogues : published by SUNY press, New York read full statement
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.