Rod is an artist who works from his studio in Auchenflower, Brisbane. He has participated in Group and Solo exhibitions and early on in his career he was hung in the Archibald Prize 1978 Exhibition. Rod has won the Stanthorpe Art Festival Ceramics Prize and the Gatton Shire Art Award and he was heavily involved in the establishment of the Ipswich Art Gallery in the early 1980’s when he was the Head of Department Art at the Ipswich State High School. Rod became a State High School Principal and concentrated on developing Art Education Curriculum in Queensland. In more recent years he has developed gift and furniture designs for the Home and Decor Industry across Australia and has exhibited in numerous Trade Fairs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Rod has travelled extensively. He works mostly with acrylics referencing a broad repertoire of experience and influences.
Recent Solo Exhibitions have been completed at the Graydon Gallery New Farm
2016 “ John Oxley – a man in his boat”
2017 “ Cunningham – Two Ox, four men and a dray”
2017 “Explorer Trilogy – Oxley, Cunningham and Logan”
2018 .” Moreton Bay -@ lowtide.net”
2019 “ I dreamed I saw St. Augustine”
2020 Current – “Life is great in the Sunshine State”
REVIEW. Rod Cassidy
I was just a tad impressed when I saw the 1978 List for the finalists in the Archibald Prize (won by Brett Whitely). In alphabetical order, number seven was the piece “Ray McGuire” by Rodney Cassidy – a young Brisbane painter in very elite company indeed viz. – Judy Cassab, Kevin Conner, Frank Hinder, Fred Williams et al: so what a wonderful start for a young artist’s budding career.
Fast forward to 2016 – the interim years being filled with Art Teaching (culminating in 1990 to 1994 with the Headmastership of Helensvale State High School – in itself a fairly unique posting for a lowly art teacher) and finally in 1995 to 2016 in partnership with his lovely wife April, running Trekka Imports PL. Not a lot of time left over for painting – but now, after a layoff of almost thirty years, Rod the Artist is back – with a wonderful and delightful vengeance.
As a person involved in Art for over half a century, on viewing a work I look for two things –
Firstly, at the image or presence of the piece, and secondly, how it is made: – paint quality, brushwork, energy, rhythm and movement, colour – mood, atmosphere and light – and throw in a bit of narrative for good measure.
Rod’s paintings encompass all of the above, and being a Scorpio, there is sometimes a bit of a sting in the tale, tempered by a wry sense of humour. I enjoyed the works in this show immensely, and now that the creative flood gates have been opened, look forward in anticipation to the future shows by this gifted and talented artist.
CV Profile Rod Cassidy
1968 Graduated Kelvin Grove Teacher’s College as an Art Teacher – Secondary High School
1969 Commenced Art Teaching Mt Morgan State High School
1970-1972 National Service (Posted 2PIR Wewak TPNG as a teacher)
1974 Completed Dip Fine Art at College of Art Brisbane
1975 Art Advisory Teacher Central Queensland and South Coast Regions
1976 Appointed Head of Dept Art Ipswich State High School
1978 Portrait ‘’ Ray Macquire” selected for hanging in Archibald Prize
1982 Dip Ed Admin Griffith U. completed
1984 B Ed Degree QUT Completed
1985 Appointed Deputy Principal Bundamba State High School
1990 Appointed Principal Helensvale State High School
1992-93 Master of Ed Studies UQ completed
1996 Resigned from Qld. Education Department – established Family Company TREKKA IMPORTS PL
1996-Current Director Trekka Imports PL Brisbane.
2015 Recommenced painting .. at the Carriage Studio Auchenflower.