Rolfe Knudsen is an artist and musician who has spent the past twenty years working in Europe, the UK and the US from a base in London. His association with the music industry led to commissions from high-profile groups and organisations to create art and design for CD covers, posters, and promotional material.
Now living in Australia permanently, Rolfe is expanding exposure of his work through the production of fine art prints of selected images.
His singular brand of surrealism is inspired by the tragic-comedy of everyday life, the excesses of human behaviour, the absurdity of ritual, and manifestation of new visual possibilities now being revealed by science and technology.
Most of all, his probing of the recesses of imagination is fuelled by an acute sense of the ridiculous.
The intricate, time-consuming fine line technique evokes the era of the steel etching and this somehow lends substance to the notion that visual ideas like these are evolutionary, perpetually revealing unexpected new horizons.
2013 Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) group exhibit – Hand of Law Gallery, Alexandria
2013 Gallery opening invited exhibition – Hand of Law Gallery, Alexandria
2012 Novemberism invited exhibition – At The Vanishing Point, Newtown
2011 Axis of Evil solo exhibition – The Valve, Tempe
2010 Subterraneans solo exhibition – Bondi Pavillion, Bondi Beach
2008 Mosman Art Prize invited exhibition –MosmanArt Gallery, Mosman
2007 Monsters, Mavericks, and Tridents solo exhibition – Blank_Space, Surry Hills
2007 The Howard Years invited exhibition – At The Vanishing Point, Newtown
2007 Ode to Nature group exhibit – Who Art Thou Gallery, Point Clare
2006 Untitled Solo exhibition – Mullins St Gallery, Balmain
2006 Glamorama invited exhibition – Captain Cook Gallery, Paddington
2006 Rude Nude 4 group exhibition – Grand Gallery, Central Coast NSW
2005 Zooid group exhibition – Sydney Metro Gallery, Sydney
2005 Art Is Alive – Grand Gallery,CentralCoast; Sydney Metro Gallery, Sydney
2005 Zooid group exhibition – Sydney Metro & Captain Cook Galleries
2004 Gosford Art Prize group exhibition – Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford
2004 City of Newcastle invited exhibition -Hunter St, Newcastle
2004 Northern Exposure group exhibition – Captain Cook Gallery, Paddington
2004 City Slickers Not group exhibition – Sydney Metro Gallery, Sydney
2003 Permanent exhibition – Lars Knudsen Gallery, Hunter Valle
Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Basquiat, Picasso, Turner, Reg Mombassa, Grayson Perry, Adam Cullen, George Grosz, Francis Bacon, Peter Booth, Ralph Steadman