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Alice in Wonderland and other tales | An art exhibition by Rodney Matthews

Rodney Matthews Studios

Sunday, 20 August 2017 from 10:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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'Alice in Wonderland and other tales' is an exhibition of art by world renowned illustrator Rodney Matthews, featuring iconic images from his vast repertoire of interpretations of classic adventure stories by Great British authors, including Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Kenneth Grahame, Mervyn Peake and J.M. Barrie.

Join Rodney Matthews himself, at this four-day feast for the eyes and let his sumptuous illustrations take you on a spectacular journey: tumble down the rabbit hole to Alice's nonsensical Wonderland as you have never seen it before; fly happy thoughts deep into the heart of Neverland with Peter Pan; immerse yourself in the grandiose surroundings of Toad Hall; fend off the dragons and orcs of Middle Earth; and so much more.

An array of full colour originals, pencil sketches, fine art prints and souvenir gifts will be on display and available to purchase.  Meet and speak with Rodney, who will be in attendance daily, and will be delighted to sign autographs, books, etc.

This delightful exhibition, suitable for adults and children alike, will be held in the Upper Floor Hall (a stairlift is available for the use of disabled and elderly visitors) at The Victoria Hall in Bourton-on-the Water.  Regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England, picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", has a wealth of attractions, shops, restaurants and tea rooms (perfect for your own Mad Hatter's Tea Party!)

Please contact Sarah Matthews at if you have any queries.



Featured image: At the March Hare's Table

The original painting is owned by actor and writer John Cleese.  The image has also been released and is available to purchase within a set of four limited edition prints. In 2008, it appeared alongside Matthews' other Alice works, in his own illustrated version of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, published by Templar Publishing.  Rodney's artwork and this stunning collectors' classic book, received the following review by Mr Cleese:

"Michelangelo, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Munch, Mondrain, and Matthews. All my favourite artists begin with an 'M'. 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 stuff will become even more valuable. Especially when he dies."


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The Victoria Hall
Victoria Street
GL54 2BU Bourton-on-the-Water
United Kingdom

Sunday, 20 August 2017 from 10:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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Rodney Matthews Studios

With a career spanning over 50 years, Rodney Matthews is one of the world’s foremost illustrators of the fantasy genre. His rich creations, featuring strange creatures, exotic plants, lavish landscapes, as well as fantastical cities and machines, have come to life on posters and record covers and in books, computer games and animation since the 1970s.


Born in 1945, in Paulton, North Somerset, Matthews was fascinated by nature from an early age.  He spent most of his time outdoors studying the local flora and fauna, picking flowers and bringing home squirrels, magpies, snakes, frogs and toads!  He enjoyed art and related subjects at school, but had little interest in academic subjects, such as mathematics and English.


Upon leaving school, he worked briefly with his father Jack, helping with light engineering and wrought ironwork, but soon found himself to be too accident prone for the position. 

Encouraged by his father, he applied for a commercial design course at the West of England College of Art, Bristol.  He was accepted upon presentation of a small portfolio of bird drawings in pencil.  His tutor was Anthony Rossiter, painter of English, in particular North Somerset, landscapes. 


Upon leaving college, Matthews worked for an advertising agency, before turning freelance in 1970. His images soon became recognised worldwide: selling millions in poster format with the legendary Big O poster company; appearing on the pages of Michael Moorcock’s Elric saga; and adorning the record covers of rock artists such as Asia, Magnum, Nazareth, Praying Mantis and Rick Wakeman.


In the 1990s, Matthews’ passion for animation saw him, along with the late Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame, completing Lavender Castle, a 26 episode major children's series, incorporating stop-motion model animation and CGI.  In 2005 he contributed concept designs to the creators of movie The Magic Roundabout, that would fire the imaginations of their animators and story boarders.  Matthews has even broken into the field of computer game animation, supplying concept designs for computer games by Sony Psygnosis and Midway.


His creative talents do not stop at art.  Matthews is also an accomplished drummer and is currently working on his own album Trinity, alongside Jeff Scheetz on guitar, where each track is inspired by one of his own images.  The pair are joined by a host of renowned musicians including Tony Clarkin (Magnum), Pete Coleman, John Payne (Asia), Oliver Wakeman (Yes) and Rick Wakeman (Yes).


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