Rod, who lives near Nailsworth in South Gloucestershire, has sketched and drawn most of his life. He is a self-taught printmaker who takes inspiration from many different sources – from nature, from landscape, from other artists and printmakers and even from the art and craft of just making prints for their own sake.

The artist who has had the greatest influence on his work was the maverick Japanese woodblock artist, Shiko Munakata whose work has a great sense of freedom, and respect for beauty and decoration. However, he has also drawn inspiration from other artists working in this medium in Europe and Japan.

As well as having work in exhibitions around the country, Rod’s work has been shown in London, Shanghai, and in Germany and at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). He was a founder member of the print-making cooperative Pine Feroda. He currently teaches woodcut at the renowned college of the arts and crafts at West Dean in Sussex, as well as at the RWA, in Germany, in Holland, and in Nailsworth. He is co-author (with Merlyn Chesterman RE) of the book ‘Making Woodblock Prints’, published by Crowood Press.

Profession: Artist, Tutor

Rod Nelson