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Peter Rodulfo

‘Here Comes the Sun’

Opening Day Saturday 23rd April noon to 5pm
Exhibition continues to 22nd May, 2022 5pm

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Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm or by appointment

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Peter Rodulfo
Alley cat 2022
Acrylic
51x61
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Brüer Tidman 2021
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Caribbean Sunday I 2020
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Cappadocia I 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Cappadocia II 2021
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Caribbean Sunday II 2020
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Caravanseria 2020
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Chinese lakeside 2022
Acrylic
41x51
£900
Peter Rodulfo
First Glimpse of the Sea 2022
Acrylic
56x66
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Goat crossing (after Monty Rodulfo) 2022
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Hallway 2020
Acrylic
66x56
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Here comes the sun 2020
Acrylic
56x66
£1,800
Peter Rodulfo
Hot night in Port of Spain 2022
Acrylic
77x77
£2,000
Peter Rodulfo
In a Scottish cave 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Lotus lake 2020
Acrylic
66x56
£1,800
Peter Rodulfo
Lydia Eva 2022
Acrylic
77x77
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Manoir Conti at Vasouy near Honfleur 1937
Ink on paper
13x17
Nfs
Peter Rodulfo
Manor House (after Monty Rodulfo) 2022
Acrylic
60x60
£1,500
Peter Rodulfo
Midday Sien 2021
Acrylic
31x26
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Morning on the quay 2021
Acrylic
61x51
£1,000
Peter Rodulfo
Narrow street 2022
Acrylic
66x56
£2,000
Peter Rodulfo
On The river Li 2021
Acrylic
31x26
£600
Peter Rodulfo
One fish left 2022
Acrylic
56x51
£980
Peter Rodulfo
Park Bench 2021
Acrylic
61x51
£1,100
Peter Rodulfo
Repairing chairs 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Rocky shore, Trinidad 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Solitary house (after Monty Rodulfo) 2022
Acrylic
56x66
£1,800
Peter Rodulfo
Sunken pleasure boat 2020
Acrylic
45x61
£1,100
Peter Rodulfo
The carpenter’s chicken 2020
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
The fugitive 2020
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
The first fish I ever caught 2020
Acrylic
72x61
£2,000
Peter Rodulfo
The long afternoon 2022
Acrylic
61x51
£1,200
Peter Rodulfo
The Lavenham cat 2022
Acrylic
76x64
£1,800
Peter Rodulfo
Visitors 2022
Acrylic
77x77
£3,000
Peter Rodulfo
Waiting for breakfast 2020
Acrylic
58x40
£880
Peter Rodulfo
Walking the dog 2020
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Watching the river flow 2021
Acrylic
51x41
SOLD
Peter Rodulfo
Watching waves 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,800
Peter Rodulfo
Winter in a wildlife park I 2021
Acrylic
56x66
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Winter in a wildlife park II 2021
Acrylic
66x56
£1,600
Peter Rodulfo
Yarmouth Gold 2020
Acrylic
66x49
SOLD

PETER RODULFO

'Here Comes the Sun'

Peter Rodulfo (b. 1958, Washington DC) a British artist and sculptor spent much of his youth travelling across India and Australia, before settling in Norfolk where he studied at the Norwich School of Art and Design between 1975 to 1979. His first solo exhibition was held in 1980 at the Margaret Fisher Gallery, and for the past forty years has continued to exhibit widely both in the UK, Europe, Asia, USA, and South America. For the past decade he has resided in the Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth, where he has absorbed the novel visual experience of the urban environment and popular seaside culture. During the past two years the subject-matter, style and imagery of his paintings has remained broad and experimental, possessing a variety of meanings, and directly addressing both the viewers powers of association and imagination.

Prior to the Pandemic lockdown, Rodulfo visited relatives in Trinidad, a return to his ancestral roots in the Caribbean. Embracing an environment, where culture has regularly appeared and disappeared, and amongst the rum-punch chatter, he was encouraged to experiment widely with form and colour in a series of works that demonstrate a visual energy and an appreciation of the indigenous artistic expression found amongst the sea breezes. Trinidad is a place where there are few attachments to the past. In a region that has experienced colonialism, revolution and dictatorship and gave birth to the calypso, steel pan and the limbo, these compositions, with a preternatural brilliance where colour is brighter and more vital than in his native Norfolk, appear to question the relationship with a place in which his painting ambiguously refers to one of belonging and being a visitor.

Reality can often be a bleak place for artists and the conditions of the Pandemic, particularly during the first national lockdown was a time when many artists’ ways of working were reshaped and constrained. However, the conditions of isolation were linked to a surge of creativity for many. On his return from Trinidad, and to the national detention, Rodulfo once again embraced his imagination as his own territory and faced the universal predicament of fact and fiction from his Norfolk studio. Like many artists Rodulfo was well used to spending stretches of time working in solitude, initially painting interiors (‘Hallway’ 2020) and, later, the deserted surroundings of local parks and watching the new day dawn on beaches. One sun, many days, the promise of hope and continuity is expressed in the anticipated light across trees and the shoreline in soul soothing settings that offer space for reflection and inspiration. As Picasso said, ‘art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’.

Rodulfo’s landscape subjects from his travels are chosen for specific and highly personal reasons. He speaks of being profoundly affected by the settings in which significant events in his life have fallen outside of the everyday, as illustrated in Cappadocia I & II, from visits to the heartland of Turkey, a region of exceptional natural wonder, characterised by the cave houses and ‘fairy chimneys’ and the Caravanserai, a common feature along the Silk Road that provide water, many of which survive from the 12th and 13th century. The Angoran goat, associated in mythology with the lewd and wild, with a reputation for unruliness though also a symbol of success in solitude and resilience, is a ubiquitous feature in numerous works, a kind of visual device, a possible stand in for the artist, a protagonist in the interior world, like a narrator in his novel.

Rodulfo’s early art education came from his father, Monty, who had hoped to study art in Paris but, as a step child of an ambassador, was expected to pursue a more traditional career in the army and ultimately intelligence services However, Monty continued to paint throughout his life, inspiring Rodulfo from an early age to paint including trips to the Ajanta caves in India. Now fifty years since his father’s death his inspiration for painting and exploration is resonant and has created works inspired by his father’s works in a reimagining, like pictorial aide-memoires, reflecting a kind of reckoning with early memories and the ways in which his own creative identity has been formed. Rodulfo often invites an intense engagement with his work to find the layers of influence and imagery that reveal connections to his past. Works such as ’The first fish I ever caught’ (acrylic, 2022) illustrate the magical occurrence in memory, a retrospective conversation with his father as a man rather than as parent and child, a memory that he was sadly unable to have.

Rodulfo’s work inhabits the world between what we know and what we dream, treading a line between reality and imagination. They evoke a kind of instability, a sense that change, like the end to a long British Winter, is the only constant. They are both alien and a form of shorthand in the form of gestures that refer to shared experience that reveal a mesmerising creative world.

James Steward
Ipswich Museums Manager


Peter Rodulfo was born in Washington D.C, USA, in 1958. His early years were spent in Australia and India before coming to England in the mid sixties. He was educated in Suffolk, before going to study painting at Norwich School of Art 1975 – 1979.

Since leaving art school he has exhibited all over the world in both solo, group and open shows.

Rodulfo has a prolific output in many different mediums, such as oil paint, watercolour, etching, bronze sculpture and assemblages. His work can be found in both private and public collections.

Exhibitions

1978  Solo Show -'Rare Bird', Norwich 

1980 Norwich 20's Castle Museum, Norwich 
Solo show Margaret Fisher gallery, London

1981 Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich 
Solo  Show - Woodstock Gallery, London

1982 Solo Show - Margaret Fisher, London 
Six Artists of Individuality, Ipswich
Norwich 20's - U. E.A., Norwich 

1983  Norwich 20's - Caste Museum, Norwich 
Manfred Schuler Gallery, Zurich
One Man Show - Christ's Hospital, Horsham 

1984  School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk

1985  Margaret Fisher, London 

1986  One Man Show - Kingsgate Gallery, London 

1987  One Man Show - Arts Centre, Lowestoft
Jablonski Gallery, London 

1988  Men at Work - Contact Gallery, Norwich 
Larger Works - Arcade Gallery, Norwich 
One Man Show - Danlan De Bairead Gallery, London 
School House Gallery, Wighton, Norfolk 
One Man Show - Contact Gallery, Norwich 

1990 Larger Works - Arcade Gallery, Norwich
Art'90 - Business Design Centre, London
Centre d'Art Contemporin, Rouen 
School House Gallery, Wighton
One Man Show - Contact Gallery, Norwich

1991  Art'91 Business Design Centre, London
Royal Society, Birmingham Smith's Gallery, London
One Man Show - Village Gallery, London

1992  Royal Cliff, Pattaya, Thailand 
Smith's Gallery, London
Mysterious Presence, Norwich
V.A.C. Hong Kong Museum, Hong Kong

1993 Castle Art Show ~ Castle Museum, Norwich
Touchstone Gallery, Hong Kong

1994  One Man Show - Heifer Gallery, London
Peterborough Museum - Heifer Gallery, Peterborough
Southwark Arts Festival, London
Miami Art Fair - Ho Gallery, U.S.A 

1995 Art'95 "Savannah", London 
Contemporary Print Fair - The Barbican, London

1996  Miami Art Fair, U.S.A 
New Mill Gallery, Norwich
Heifer Gallery, London
Price Waterhouse, London

1997  Wrentham Studios - "Shock of the New" 
Suffolk Polish Cultural Institute, London
Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail, Norfolk

1998  Wahrenberger Gallery, Zurich 
Sculpture Trail, Burgh Apton, Norfolk
New York Expo, New York

1999  Heifer Gallery, London

2000  Kelburn Castle, Glasgow
Royal Academy Summer Show, London

2002  Solo show, Auditorio Ambrosio Orepeza, Venezuela . 
Art of Imagination open show, Cork St. London. 
Solo show Gallerie du Marche Montreux Switzerland. 

2003 " Brave Destiny" New York and Florida 

2004  Solo show flamboyant, Gioania, Brazil. 
"Cor da Carne" Gioania, Brazil. 
Solo show Brazilian art exchange gallery, Brasilia, Brazil. 

2005 "Cor da Carne" Brasilia, Brazil. 
"Landscape 200" Castle Open Art Show, Norwich Castle Museum. UK. 

2006  Retrospective exhibition. Thin Cube Gallery, .UK

2007  Solo show "from Basel to Brasilia" Miami USA

2011  Two person show with Mark Burrell. The Playhouse Theatre, Norwich.UK

2012 "Outside the white cube" Open show Bermondsey, London
Open show. Radcliffe's and Newman's. London
"Vision and Reality" Norwich Castle Museum
"Race into time", with Stephen Vince. The Gallery, Cork St. London

2013 Solo show.  Da Wang Cultural Highlands , Shenzhen, China

2014 Feng Lin Shan shui International art exhibition, Shenzhen, China
Divine, Define Feminine. London. UK
Great Yarmouth Library Norfolk

2015 133 Gallery Great Yarmouth Norfolk
Halesworth Gallery Suffolk
'Paint' Market Undercroft, Norwich Norfolk

2016 Casa Tua, London
Skippings Gallery, Great Yarmouth. Norfolk

2017 Yarmouth 6 & Friends. Skippings Gallery. Great Yarmouth.

2018 Walking through Walls (solo). Skippings Gallery, Gt Yarmouth.

2019 Solo Show National Library, Port of Spain. Trinidad.
Tripp Gallery London. Magical Realism.
Primeyarc – Great Yarmouth ‘At the end of the lines’

2020 Chappel Galleries Colchester. ‘From Trinidad to Great Yarmouth’: solo exhibition.
Skippings Gallery. Great Yarmouth. Solo show.

2021 Chappel Gallery. Colchester. ‘Portraits and People’.
Yare Gallery. Gt Yarmouth. ‘Weathering.’
Yare Gallery. Gt Yarmouth. ‘Summer Exhibition’.
Yare Gallery. Gt Yarmouth. ‘Circus’.
Anteros Arts. Norwich. ‘Moving On’.
Ferini Gallery. Pakefield. ‘Making our Mark’.
Skippings Gallery. Gt Yarmouth. Solo show.
The art gallery. Lowestoft. Solo show.

2022 Yare Gallery. Great Yarmouth. ‘Yarmouth is Great’.
Chappel Galleries, Essex ‘Here Comes the Sun’ solo show