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"Neil Rodger was born in 1941 in Mowbray, Cape Town. He lived and worked in the Eastern Cape, where he thrived on the austerity and solitude of the region. It seems that this environment was conducive to the enigmatic silence so characteristic of his finest work. He became one of the most popular, respected, and admired of contemporary South African artists. Rodger worked in a variety of media in both painting and sculpture. His work covers an exceptionally wide range of content.
...Rodger belonged with those individual realists who have, throughout the modern era, defied categorization. Instead his art is characterized by his pursuit of the universality, timelessness and harmony found in all great art regardless of period or place.
...Rodger’s cultural connections lie with Europe… to the Mediterranean “classicism” of Greece and Italy by inclination, and to the Netherlands by training. Both are resounding influences. His surreal landscapes and architectural capriccios, his controlled, quiet, contemplative interiors, his heraldic animals all bespeak these inspirations. There is a self-confessed ambiguity in Rodgers art. His subjects are deeply peaceful yet elusive, often remaining anonymous. There is a classical timelessness in these contemplative scenes, and yet his works remain unmistakably contemporary. His search for ever-increasing refinement of conception and means remained constant in his life.
Rodger is rightly considered one of the great artists of his generation and a “painter’s painter.”
Sadly Neil Rodger passed away in November, 2013." http://stlukesguild.tumblr.com/page/22
Artist's Statement: "I believe that pictures rarely benefit from commentary by the artist. In general I would say that while most good art has been extremely difficult and taxing in the making, it is a prerequisite of great art that this is not evident – that it appears effortless or even inevitable."