Just heard week or so ago that Rod was seriously ill and in the hospital. Hoped he’d recover, but he didn’t and passed away Friday.
I was introduced to him in 2010 and vaguely aware of him before then. He was a prolific sketcher, painter and sculpture artist; a hockey fan; a devotee of Shannyn Moore and left-wing politics. Most of his work I saw was poster-like, stream of consciousness type renderings that might look a little crude at offhand glance, but there’s a lot of depth in them, even as he’s unapologetic and tackles subjects head-on. His written comments, some more coherent and linear; others a frenetic, choppy mixture of rapid-fire fragments were poetic themselves.
He had a family and they have lived for several years in Mt. View. His hometown is Point Richmond, CA.
Rod’s son is an artist who has exhibited silkscreens and graffiti murals at the now-defunct MTS Gallery. His son’s screen prints use high contrast, multi-colored separations and are a sophisticated approach for a young artist. He will evolve into someone noteworthy, I predict.
Rod’s own art deserved a lot wider exposure than it received. Since all I know about the man is what’s written above, I’m not sure if he desired to be published and exhibited or not. He should have been doing covers for the Anchorage Press, had a solo gallery exhibition; or enjoyed half of Duke Russell’s acclaim and commissions by now. Maybe this can be partially corrected posthumously, depending on his family’s wishes.
I’ll try to update this post later, as I learn more about him from people who knew him better.
Keep telling them the score, Rod, wherever you are now!