“A graduate of the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide, Clan Rodda was a much liked teacher at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney in the late 1960’s and the 1970’s, after being an outstanding mature-age student there from 1965 to 1968. Many students and contemporaries from the time will remember him with affection for his humility and enthusiasm. Unfortunately ill-health hastened his return in 1975 to Port Pirie, South Australia, the city of his birth in 1935, and for a number of years he was unable to draw.”
“Rodda was fortunate to have studied under the legendary Henry Gibbons and so absorbed at first hand particular characteristics of famous past Ashton School graduates like George Lambert and (Adelaide) Perry.”
“…masterful and idiosyncratic draughtsmanship…together with the delicacy and freedom of …muted charcoal lines. His is a refined and inventive sensibility, with a lightness of touch that aches with feeling. Further animating the drawing are his visible corrections and changes.”
Extract from ‘Look’ magazine, published by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, written by Hendrik Kolenberg, Senior curator of Australian prints, drawings and watercolours
Rodda has maintained a steady outflow of drawings in the last decade or so, entering and regularly gaining awards in the Port Pirie Art Prize, and exhibiting with Germein Art Focus, a group of seven regional artists of which he is a founding member. In 2009/10 the Port Pirie Regional Art gallery presented a survey exhibition of Clan Rodda’s work, Line, tone, colour; drawings and paintings by Clan Rodda, which went on tour to other regional galleries in South Australia.