A painter with passion and flair

UNIQUE: Clan's work spans from his time in a Sydney art school to months just gone and will be on display until December 10.
UNIQUE: Clan's work spans from his time in a Sydney art school to months just gone and will be on display until December 10.

The Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery opened an exhibition on Saturday for well loved and known artist, Clan Rodda. 

Clan’s work appears annually in the gallery through the Members Exhibition and this year, there is something different about his display. 

Clan fell ill in the early 2000s and stopped painting, his 50 works currently on display are neither his latest, nor his favourites, but they show a timeline of his work. 

“Some of it is from quite a few years ago and a lot of it is from when I was studying in Sydney. I didn’t paint for many years as I fell quite ill, I am 82 now and I came home when I was 40.”

“I couldn’t bring myself to paint, but I started painting again in 2012, so the series is from many years.”

Born in Port Pirie, Clan commenced his art journey at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts and later moved onto Julian Ashton School of Fine Art where he worked until 1975.

As he picked up the brush and palette again, Clans use of oils and water colours is very unique but when asked about his style, he says simply that he does not know much about art, but he knows what he likes. 

Clan has been acknowledged for his ongoing support for the gallery and has initiated a $1000 scholarship. 

 The award is presented to students who take part in the Southern Flinders Senior Schools Art Price to support a young artist undertaking further studies. 

Clan’s work will be exhibited until 10 December.