Author Archives: Rod


This painting ConstantGardener marks a new threshold as my intense drawings and collages of recent years are starting to actively feed the paintings. A new personal iconography and cosmology is emerging from the fires of recent years

ConstantGardener 91 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas

ConstantGardener 91 x 66 cm Oil on Canvas

Group show at Tussock Upstairs Gallery

Tussock Upstairs Gallery in Point Lonsdale  ‘Small Works’ with 12 other painters and printmakers.  Opening on Saturday Nov 4 from 3-5pm and available until December 3. These are two of my works included in the show.

LandFire 2016 oil on timber

LandFire 2016 oil on timber 36 x 24 cm

Temple Fire 2016 Oil on Plywood

Temple Fire 2016
Oil on Plywood

Tussock Upstairs Gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of

Small Works
Saturday 4 November from 3 to 5pm

This is a great opportunity to see works by thirteen painters and printmakers including Thornton Walker, Martin King, Ros Atkins, Jim Pavlidis, Graeme Drendel, Sonja Hodge, Terry Denton, Erica Wagner, Libby Letcher, Janet Goldman, Damon Kowarsky, Rod Gray and Anne Spudvilas.

There will also be a book launch and signing for Swan Lake, a fully illustrated re-imagining of the classic ballet, told in drawings and monoprints by Anne Spudvilas and published by Allen & Unwin.

For more information contact or call 0418 392 485

Exhibition continues until 3 December
Gallery open 10 to 5 Friday to Monday
Tussock Upstairs Gallery
89 Point Lonsdale Road
Point Lonsdale VIC 3225


Drawings in ash and rain

There has been a lot of drawing in my practice since I started a sketchbook called the Book of Ash late last year. I discovered the 8B pencil which is very black without being too soft and smudgy and it’s made me fall in love with drawing all over again. If you are not on Instagram you can see the more than fifty posts of these drawings since october last year from the insta feed on my site menu, or join and follow my posts. Check out the #thebookofash #thebookofrain and some early posts from #thebookofnight like the work below.

All these drawings are 20 x 29 cm and are $200 each. It’s best to email direct to purchase. As with the paintings all drawings are signed, dated, titled and have an independent registration number. I can provide framing advice as I do recommend drawings are framed promptly to preserve the freshness and integrity of the work.

This drawing WanderingFlame came about while I was reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando where references to comets and cosmic tumult were reflecting the grandeur and volatility of Orlando’s personae. Love it. What an extraordinary book.

WanderingFlame graphite on paper 29 x 20 cmT


More Bombings in the middle east this week.. more wrath… This painting is an aftermath, a wish for stillness and reflection. peace and purposeful rebuilding. respect for heritage and others. Is it so much to ask?


This is JupiterShot, a collage I’ve made in the gallery during the Ash exhibition. I draw and paint in such a layered and painstaking way that sometimes it completely blasts the mainframe of my consciousness to make some direct collage.  This work is part of The Book of Fire which you will see more of over time if you follow this blog or my instagram