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  Art agent   

Original art for saleOriginal artwork for sale

Mark Faith at Festival Art and Books would be pleased to give information to prospective purchasers of Rodney Matthews original artwork. Previously the exclusive authorized agent for Rodney's J.R.R. Tolkien related original artworks, the range has now been extended to include a varied selection of original colour art and pencil drawings to suit various tastes and budgets.

Festival Art and Books
Original art eBay store


(For enquiries regarding new commissions, including album covers, company logos & posters, etc., please direct your requirements or questions to:  ken2_AT_rodneymatthews_DOT_com)



  Exhibition Posted July 10th, 2014  

One Day Exhibition   -   July 19th, 2014

Holcombe Old Church, Somerset, BA3 5ES, U.K.

10:30 AM - 5 PM

For one day only, in association with Pricelis Art, Rodney will be exhibiting some of his work at this beautiful scenic location.

Rodney's distinctive sci-fi and fantasy creations spanning over 40 years can be viewed in the form of record album covers, books, posters, and calendars. He will also be meeting fans, signing autographs, and talking about his career in the world of Rock at various times during the day. Some of his works will be for sale.

There will be refreshments (including hot dogs, strawberries & cream, cakes, cider & beer!) to raise funds for Holcombe Old Church and the Churches Conservation Trust, as well as free musical entertainment, with a brass band, Morris Men, and Folk group.

Lis & Dave Price of Pricelis Art Limited in Holcombe have been printing and framing Rodney's work since 2007 and they will be joining him.



  Andercon talk Posted April 15th, 2014  
Andercon

Andercon 2014

Andercon, the first official Gerry Anderson event organised by Anderson Entertainment, is to take place at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow, on Easter weekend, April 19th & 20th 2014.

With cast and crew from all of Gerry's shows and productions attending, Rodney is to give a talk and answer questions on Lavender Castle on the Sunday at 12:00 PM He will also be available for signings over the weekend.

The Park Inn Hotel (Blue Conference Centre)
Bath Road,
Heathrow,
Middlesex
UB7 0DU



  Aberdeen Part II Posted November 1st, 2013  

From Festival in the Shire:

Rodney Matthews Art Exhibition Event, Aberdeen, Scotland


  The Art Of Big O - Kickstarter Posted October 10th, 2013  

'The Art Of Big O' book project - now live on Kickstarter

Back in the 1970s, Rodney was one of the stars of the legendary Big O publishing company. Now, Big Vision is launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish a lavish book featuring the art of Big O. Rodney's 1970s images will be prominently featured.

The following press release will inform interested persons on how to become involved and make a pledge to see this vision realised. Follow the links to view a preview of the book and watch newly shot exclusive video interviews.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor further information contact:
Michael Fishel
E-mail:  michael AT michaelfishel DOT com

Big Vision Publishing Launches Kickstarter Campaign for 'The Art Of Big O' Coffee Table Book

Unprecedented Artwork Collection of the Artists of Big O Posters Published Along with Their Stories for the First Time Ever; a True Fantasy and Fantastic Art Fan's Delight


Big Vision Publishing is launching a campaign to raise funds to publish an unprecedented collection of '60s and '70s artists' work on Monday, October 7th, using the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter. With a goal of $24,000, the funds will be used to pay for the printing and mailing of the full-color coffee table book as well as a reward catalog and companion DVD.

Michael Fishel, one of Big O's artists, and the driving force behind this book project, is hopeful that fans of artists such as Roger Dean, Rodney Matthews, H.R. Giger, Jim Burns, Martin Sharp, Heinz Edelman and more will support the campaign and help it reach its goal. The campaign will run from October 7th for 33 days to November 8th.

TheBIG Opublishing company first burst upon the swingingLondonart and music scene during those wild and wonderful psychedelic '60s, and published throughout the 1970s up until 1980 a fine collection of posters, calendars, art cards, and books. The company truly was THE one and only cutting-edge fantasy and fantastic art publisher of that age.

Fishel has been working with Nigel Suckling, himself a Big O artist, on the writing and layout of the book, the majority of which is complete. The funds raised will be used to actually print and ship the book, along with the many wonderful rewards offered to those that pledge, including original Big O art cards signed by the artist, original sketches, the calendar, DVD, and more.

The finished book will be a lavish 8.5 x 11 inch hard-cover, full-color glossy book featuring the finest artwork of the aforementioned fantasy and fantastic artists along with their personal stories and the history of Big O Publishing.

For more information on the Kickstarter campaign click here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537729205/the-art-of-big-o

For a preview of the book layout click here:
http://issuu.com/michaelfishel/docs/the_art_of_big_o_pages-1-59-lower-r


Attention Fantasy & Fantastic Art Fans...

LIFT OFF! The Art Of Big O Kickstarter book project funding campaign has just launched! The book itself features the finest fantasy and fantastic art from some of the most influential and exciting artists of our time. Roger Dean, H.R. Giger, Rodney Matthews, Michael Fishel, Robert Venosa, Mati Klarwein, Rudolf Hausner, Jim Burns, Wayne Anderson, Terry Pastor, David Juniper, Vali Myers, Virgil Finlay and many, many others.

We need your support to make this book a reality!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537729205/the-art-of-big-o



  The Granary Club Posted October 10th, 2013  

While on the subject of books...

If you are interested in discovering the formative years of Rodney's art (and music), you might like to know that the book by Al Read, The Granary Club: The Rock Years 1969-1988, contains accounts and photographs of Rodney's involvement with Plastic Dog, Squidd, Originn, and the Bristol, UK, rock venue of international reputation.

ISBN: 1-874092-82-6. Published by Broadcast Books, Bristol.



  Festival in the Shire Exhibition Posted August 12th, 2013  

Album cover & Tolkien Exhibition   -   September 12th-15th, 2013

The next exhibition to feature Rodney's work is being put on by the organizers of Festival in the Shire, and will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 12th-15th, 2013 in association with Artist Gallery, and located in their premises: http://www.albumcoverart.co.uk/news--exhibition-dates-3-w.asp. This will be an exhibition with an emphasis on album covers, as well as Tolkien fantasy art. Rodney will be there to give a talk and sign prints for fans.

The timing of the event is to coincide with the airing of a new History Channel program, Pawn Stars UK, in which Rodney and his agent Mark Faith appear on Monday, September 9th at 9 P.M. Pawn Stars is one of the History Channel's most popular programs and the new season was filmed at Regal Pawn Shop in Chester, UK.

For more information, please contact markfaith@festivalartandbooks.com, or visit http://www.festivalartandbooks.com.



  Gerry Anderson Posted December 27th, 2012  

Gerry Anderson M.B.E., 1929-2012

Today I stand with Gerry's wife Mary and his son Jamie, as they face grief and great loss.

I also acknowledge the passing of a great man, an inspiration, and a friend.

Gerry Anderson was an internationally acclaimed film and TV producer and originator who, throughout his long and distinguished career, brought joy and hope to so many people (children and adults alike) through his wonderful sci-fi programmes, which include Thunderbirds, Stingray, and Captain Scarlet.

The world is a darker place without him.

I worked with Gerry for two years on the TV series Lavender Castle. It was the highlight of my own career, a treasured memory. Up until recently, we had been hoping to secure finance and make three other shows: The Andermatt Thunderbolt, Christmas Miracle, and Regor The Rescue Dog. Alas, it was not to be.


Rodney Matthews, December 2012.



  Hard Rock Hell V Posted December 11th, 2011  
Tony Clarkin, Rodney Matthews, and Bob Catley in Magnum's tour bus at Hard Rock Hell V

A good time was had by all at the Hard Rock Hell event. Left to right: Tony Clarkin, Rodney (with illuminated nose), and Bob Catley in Magnum's tour bus.

Magnum performed excellently, as did most of the bands. Rodney was pleased to meet some old friends such as Praying Mantis (Tino & Chris Troy), and many fans who helped to make the gig highly enjoyable.

Thanks to Al Barrow for the picture.



  Music event Posted November 25th, 2011  

Rodney will be attending the classic rock event Hard Rock Hell at Pontin's Holiday Park, Prestatyn, north Wales, to sign merchandise and meet fans.

The event runs from the 1st to the 4th of December 2011, and features some of the bands Rodney has worked for, including Magnum, Praying Mantis, and The Tygers of Pan Tang.



  High Voltage Festival, London Posted July 9th, 2011  

Rodney will be available for signing prints, posters, and other items at the Classic Rock High Voltage festival on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2011 at Victoria Park, London.



  Tolkien original artwork available! Posted March 13th, 2011  

A note from Rodney...

Your opportunity to own some of my J.R.R. Tolkien inspired original artwork.

For a selection of original colour paintings and pencil drawings, please contact Mark Faith of Festival Art and Books, who is the exclusive representative for my Tolkien-inspired works.

To find out more go to:  Festival Art and Books
or E-mail:  faith@festivalartandbooks.com



  New book Posted December 10th, 2010  

Stanley & LivingstonThe Fantastic Intergalactic Adventures of Stanley and Livingston

Rodney Matthews and American writer, Marco Palmer, have collaborated as illustrator and author to bring you a new science fiction series of books. This novel is the first of two side-splitting volumes concerning Stanley and Livingston, the greatest explorers in the universe.

448 pages with black & white illustrations.

Now available from Amazon USA and Amazon UK

ISBN: 9781453812334



  Book cover Posted November 9th, 2010  

BeagleThis is a recent book cover illustration for Rodney's good friend, George Russell, pictured left. Where The Bugs Wear Boots: The Story Of A Liverpool Survivor is an autobiography covering George's life from mid Second World War 1941 to the present day. It is a humorous account of his rise from violent hooligan and biker, to polymer research scientist and no-nonsense Christian.

For this commission, Rodney produced a pencil sketch for George's approval. When he presented the sketch, Rodney remarked that there were a couple of slight changes he'd like to make for the finished artwork. George's response was "No, I like it as it is; just colour the pencil sketch!"

Where The Bugs Wear Boots can be ordered from http://www.georgerussell.biz

ISBN: 978-1-897771-01-3



Where The Bugs Wear Boots: The Story Of A Liverpool Survivor


  Stormbringer Posted August 19th, 2010  

Raven Armoury recently completed a sword based on Rodney's design for Stormbringer - Elric's black-bladed rune sword from the Eternal Champion fantasy series by Michael Moorcock. Raven intends to make a small limited edition run of this almost five foot long sword, authorized and approved by Moorcock.


Stormbringer

Stormbringer

Pictures courtesy of Raven Armoury.



  Exhibition - Festival in the Shire Posted August 7th, 2010  

This new event will be held in mid-Wales, UK, from August 13th-15th, 2010. Festival in the Shire is a celebration of all things inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, featuring art, literature, and seminars on Tolkien and his works. Rodney will be present, exhibiting artwork together with other Tolkien-inspired artists and writers. There will also be an opportunity to hear him speak about his work, and to purchase prints & original artwork. More details can be obtained from http://www.festivalintheshire.com.

Download the flyer: Rodney Matthews Gandalf-Balrog.pdf


"You Shall Not Pass!"
"You Shall Not Pass!"


  High Voltage Festival, London Posted July 18th, 2010  

Rodney will be signing prints, posters, and books at High Voltage, the classic rock festival taking place in Victoria Park, London, this weekend, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July 2010. Be sure to drop by!

Tel.: 0871 230 5582
Web: http://www.highvoltagefestival.com



  New Magnum album cover Posted January 21st, 2009  

Following the popularity of 2007's Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow, Rodney has just finished work on a new illustration for the forthcoming Magnum album Into the Valley of the Moon King. The art concept is by band leader Tony Clarkin, who also writes the lyrics for all Magnum albums.

Visit the official Magnum Web site here: http://www.magnumonline.co.uk



  Magazine articles Posted January 21st, 2009  

Some recent magazine articles:

Artists & Illustrators - Issue #269 ('January 2009')

Includes a three-page feature, 'Airing the Imagination', in which Rodney outlines his 40 year association with the airbrush. There are also tips on technique.

DeathRay - Issue #16 ('Winter 2008')

Contains 'The Art of Rodney Matthews', an eight-page question & answer feature by Guy Haley.

Illustration Magazine - Issue #17 ('Autumn 2008')

Features Rodney's Alice illustration At the March Hare's Table on the front cover. The magazine contains an 'Illustrating Alice' article by Selwyn Goodacre titled 'After Tenniel'. Among other Alice illustrators including Arthur Rackham, Rodney has a one-page account in his own words about his recent Alice in Wonderland book and how it came about.



  New book: Alice in Wonderland Posted January 21st, 2009  

Rodney's new book, Alice in Wonderland, was published at the end of 2008 by Templar Publishing. It contains 14 colour illustrations and 14 monotone pencil drawings.

This 95 page book from Templar's 'Timeless Classics' series comes as a hardback (ISBN: 978-1-84011-488-1), and a jeweled slip-cased edition (ISBN: 978-1-84011-483-6).


Masaccio, Michelangelo, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Munch, Mondrian, and Matthews. All my favourite artists begin with 'M'. Except for Mantegna (I don't mean that Mantegna doesn't start with an 'M', it's just that he's not one of my favourite artists. Neither is Macke; bloody rubbish, if you ask me).

And so Rodney Matthews is generally acknowledged to be among the greatest artists that have ever lived.

Need I say more? Please buy this book, and all his other works, because then my immense collection of his stuff will become even more valuable. Especially when he dies.


John Cleese,  2008



  London book signings - Alice in Wonderland Posted December 2nd, 2008  

On Thursday 4th December 2008, Rodney will be signing copies of his new illustrated book, 'Alice in Wonderland', at the following venues:

11:00AM The British Library
96 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2DB

Tel.: 0207 412 7735
Web: http://www.bl.uk
12:30PM Daunt Books
158-164 Fulham Road,
Chelsea,
London, SW10 9PR

Tel.: 0207 373 4997
Web: http://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/Daunts_chelsea.html
3:30PM Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road,
Knightsbridge,
London, SW1X 7XL

Tel.: 0207 730 1234
Web: http://www.harrods.com
6:00PM Biblion Mayfair Bookshop
1-7 Davies Mews,
London, W1K

Tel.: 0207 629 1374
Web: http://www.biblio.com/bookstores/biblion.html, http://www.biblionmayfair.co.uk

There are two versions of the book; a hardback, selling at 14.99, and a slip-cased hardback at 19.99. Published by Templar Publishing as the latest of their 'Timeless Classics' series.

The book of 95 pages is a new and original take on the Lewis Carroll masterpiece, and is endorsed by John Cleese.



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