Rhonda Whitehead’s career began in the early seventies after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Her first solo exhibition was at the Commonwealth Institute Gallery, London in 1975. Since then she has had a further twenty-five solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. She last exhibited in Cambridge at the Kings Arts Centre in 2009 and at The Clare Hall Gallery in 2008. Her painting ‘Venice Ochre’ won first prize in 2006 at the Byard Open Exhibition, Cambridge.
This exhibition of paintings at the New Hall Art Collection explores Whitehead’s interest in the effects of nature on the built environment. In mixed media and oil, Whitehead captures and records the surface loss, imperfections and characteristics of erosion and time on man made surfaces. As one critic states, “the action of nature on the built landscape recall the eroded surfaces of buildings in recent work; Whitehead’s painterly response awakens our interest in all manner of physical and climatic exchanges we read on the surfaces of buildings. It is as if the artist were capturing the mind that exists in all matter". The results of this exploration are large textural works, which are at once beautiful and evocative of the history experienced and documented by our architectural surroundings.