Rodney Harris MRRS is a sculptor, printmaker, educator, and part of the award-winning collaboration with artist Valda Jackson as Jackson&Harris (J&H).
Recent sculpture commissions have included: Windows at Cossham Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, 2023; Tree for Boord Waalk Sculpture Trail, Amble, Northumberland, 2022.
J&H recently commissioned by Peabody for Espalier, St Johns Hill Estate, Clapham, London, 2023, and Curtain, District Community Centre, Great Western Park, Didcot, 2020.
The giant print “A Delineation of Strata”, 1.8m x 2.4m, featured in Earth: Digging Deep in British Art 1781-2022, RWA Bristol 2022.
Visiting lecturer on the Masters Architecture course at Nottingham University. Working with natural materials, brick, clay and rock, environmental and social concerns lie at the heart of his practice.
Curator Tendai Mutambu in a Spike Island 2020 behind the scenes studio visit described his work as: “The potential for things to be otherwise.” Harris, in this interview, situates Espalier in the context of surrealism in architecture which offers the possibility of thinking about ‘the real, the more than real, the unreal and the fake’.
Award-winning artists Valda Jackson MRSS (Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors) and Rodney Harris MRSS, collaborate on public art projects. They have been commissioned by a range of public and private clients across the UK for brick relief sculpture within new architecture. Four Brick Reliefs, commissioned by the Peabody Trust at the St. John Hill’s Estate in Clapham, London, won the Marsh Award special prize for Excellence in Public Sculpture from the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) in 2017.