The Rodd: Its Architecture, People, and Landscape
9 Apr 2019, noon - 29 Sep 2019, 4:30 p.m.
The Rodd: Its Architecture, People, and Landscape in Sidney Nolan's Studio at the Rodd.
An exhibition in the former home of Sir Sidney and Lady Nolan. Visitors will, for the first time, be allowed access to the ground floor rooms of the Jacobean manor house, Rodd Court.
Born in Australia, Sir Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) became celebrated for his paintings of historical and legendary figures, most famously the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. He moved to the UK in the 1950s, and to The Rodd, with his wife, in 1983. Initially, he worked in a room in the house that had plastic on the floor and shelves to store his paints, but when the smell of spray paint and other painting materials became too much, Nolan was sent out to work in the barns.
This studio became both his working and storage space, and the shelves still evidence his extraordinarily varied and eclectic painting materials, including the new 'white glue', polyvinyl acetate (PVA), which he had been among a small number of artists to adopt in the 1950s. The squeegees and foam applicators he used to apply these paints are also still visible in the studio. Nolan's choice of paintings materials was driven by a need for his paints to dry fast.