Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art, Design, Illustration


  London Exhibition Posted November 30th, 2014  

Exhibition of Original Art, London   -   December 2nd-5th, 2014  12 PM - 8 PM

Rodney is currently holding an exhibition at Metropolis Studios in west London.

On Wednesday, December 3rd, he will be giving a talk about his artwork, commencing at 7 PM. Doors open at 6 PM - all are welcome.

The Power House
70, Chiswick High Road,
W4 1SY

  Exhibition Posted July 10th, 2014  

One Day Exhibition   -   July 19th, 2014

Holcombe Old Church, Somerset, BA3 5ES, U.K.

10:30 AM - 5 PM

For one day only, in association with Pricelis Art, Rodney will be exhibiting some of his work at this beautiful scenic location.

Rodney's distinctive sci-fi and fantasy creations spanning over 40 years can be viewed in the form of record album covers, books, posters, and calendars. He will also be meeting fans, signing autographs, and talking about his career in the world of Rock at various times during the day. Some of his works will be for sale.

There will be refreshments (including hot dogs, strawberries & cream, cakes, cider & beer!) to raise funds for Holcombe Old Church and the Churches Conservation Trust, as well as free musical entertainment, with a brass band, Morris Men, and Folk group.

Lis & Dave Price of Pricelis Art Limited in Holcombe have been printing and framing Rodney's work since 2007 and they will be joining him.

  Andercon talk Posted April 15th, 2014  

Andercon 2014

Andercon, the first official Gerry Anderson event organised by Anderson Entertainment, is to take place at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow, on Easter weekend, April 19th & 20th 2014.

With cast and crew from all of Gerry's shows and productions attending, Rodney is to give a talk and answer questions on Lavender Castle on the Sunday at 12:00 PM. He will also be available for signings over the weekend.

The Park Inn Hotel (Blue Conference Centre)
Bath Road,

  Aberdeen Part II Posted November 1st, 2013  

From Festival in the Shire:

Rodney Matthews Art Exhibition Event, Aberdeen, Scotland

  The Art Of Big O - Kickstarter Posted October 10th, 2013  

'The Art Of Big O' book project - now live on Kickstarter

Back in the 1970s, Rodney was one of the stars of the legendary Big O publishing company. Now, Big Vision is launching a Kickstarter campaign to publish a lavish book featuring the art of Big O. Rodney's 1970s images will be prominently featured.

The following press release will inform interested persons on how to become involved and make a pledge to see this vision realised. Follow the links to view a preview of the book and watch newly shot exclusive video interviews.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor further information contact:
Michael Fishel
E-mail:  michael AT michaelfishel DOT com

Big Vision Publishing Launches Kickstarter Campaign for 'The Art Of Big O' Coffee Table Book

Unprecedented Artwork Collection of the Artists of Big O Posters Published Along with Their Stories for the First Time Ever; a True Fantasy and Fantastic Art Fan's Delight

Big Vision Publishing is launching a campaign to raise funds to publish an unprecedented collection of '60s and '70s artists' work on Monday, October 7th, using the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter. With a goal of $24,000, the funds will be used to pay for the printing and mailing of the full-color coffee table book as well as a reward catalog and companion DVD.

Michael Fishel, one of Big O's artists, and the driving force behind this book project, is hopeful that fans of artists such as Roger Dean, Rodney Matthews, H.R. Giger, Jim Burns, Martin Sharp, Heinz Edelman and more will support the campaign and help it reach its goal. The campaign will run from October 7th for 33 days to November 8th.

TheBIG Opublishing company first burst upon the swingingLondonart and music scene during those wild and wonderful psychedelic '60s, and published throughout the 1970s up until 1980 a fine collection of posters, calendars, art cards, and books. The company truly was THE one and only cutting-edge fantasy and fantastic art publisher of that age.

Fishel has been working with Nigel Suckling, himself a Big O artist, on the writing and layout of the book, the majority of which is complete. The funds raised will be used to actually print and ship the book, along with the many wonderful rewards offered to those that pledge, including original Big O art cards signed by the artist, original sketches, the calendar, DVD, and more.

The finished book will be a lavish 8.5 x 11 inch hard-cover, full-color glossy book featuring the finest artwork of the aforementioned fantasy and fantastic artists along with their personal stories and the history of Big O Publishing.

For more information on the Kickstarter campaign click here:

For a preview of the book layout click here:

Attention Fantasy & Fantastic Art Fans...

LIFT OFF! The Art Of Big O Kickstarter book project funding campaign has just launched! The book itself features the finest fantasy and fantastic art from some of the most influential and exciting artists of our time. Roger Dean, H.R. Giger, Rodney Matthews, Michael Fishel, Robert Venosa, Mati Klarwein, Rudolf Hausner, Jim Burns, Wayne Anderson, Terry Pastor, David Juniper, Vali Myers, Virgil Finlay and many, many others.

We need your support to make this book a reality!

  The Granary Club Posted October 10th, 2013  

While on the subject of books...

If you are interested in discovering the formative years of Rodney's art (and music), you might like to know that the book by Al Read, The Granary Club: The Rock Years 1969-1988, contains accounts and photographs of Rodney's involvement with Plastic Dog, Squidd, Originn, and the Bristol, UK, rock venue of international reputation.

ISBN: 1-874092-82-6. Published by Broadcast Books, Bristol.

  Festival in the Shire Exhibition Posted August 12th, 2013  

Album Cover & Tolkien Exhibition   -   September 12th-15th, 2013

The next exhibition to feature Rodney's work is being put on by the organizers of Festival in the Shire, and will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 12th-15th, 2013 in association with Artist Gallery, and located in their premises: This will be an exhibition with an emphasis on album covers, as well as Tolkien fantasy art. Rodney will be there to give a talk and sign prints for fans.

The timing of the event is to coincide with the airing of a new History Channel program, Pawn Stars UK, in which Rodney and his agent Mark Faith appear on Monday, September 9th at 9 P.M. Pawn Stars is one of the History Channel's most popular programs and the new season was filmed at Regal Pawn Shop in Chester, UK.

  Gerry Anderson Posted December 27th, 2012  

Gerry Anderson M.B.E., 1929-2012

Today I stand with Gerry's wife Mary and his son Jamie, as they face grief and great loss.

I also acknowledge the passing of a great man, an inspiration, and a friend.

Gerry Anderson was an internationally acclaimed film and TV producer and originator who, throughout his long and distinguished career, brought joy and hope to so many people (children and adults alike) through his wonderful sci-fi programmes, which include Thunderbirds, Stingray, and Captain Scarlet.

The world is a darker place without him.

I worked with Gerry for two years on the TV series Lavender Castle. It was the highlight of my own career, a treasured memory. Up until recently, we had been hoping to secure finance and make three other shows: The Andermatt Thunderbolt, Christmas Miracle, and Regor The Rescue Dog. Alas, it was not to be.

Rodney Matthews, December 2012.

  Hard Rock Hell V Posted December 11th, 2011  
Tony Clarkin, Rodney Matthews, and Bob Catley in Magnum's tour bus at Hard Rock Hell V

A good time was had by all at the Hard Rock Hell event. Left to right: Tony Clarkin, Rodney (with illuminated nose), and Bob Catley in Magnum's tour bus.

Magnum performed excellently, as did most of the bands. Rodney was pleased to meet some old friends such as Praying Mantis (Tino & Chris Troy), and many fans who helped to make the gig highly enjoyable.

Thanks to Al Barrow for the picture.

  Music event Posted November 25th, 2011  

Rodney will be attending the classic rock event Hard Rock Hell at Pontin's Holiday Park, Prestatyn, north Wales, to sign merchandise and meet fans.

The event runs from the 1st to the 4th of December 2011, and features some of the bands Rodney has worked for, including Magnum, Praying Mantis, and The Tygers of Pan Tang.

  High Voltage Festival, London Posted July 9th, 2011  

Rodney will be available for signing prints, posters, and other items at the Classic Rock High Voltage festival on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2011 at Victoria Park, London.

  New book Posted December 10th, 2010  

Stanley & LivingstonThe Fantastic Intergalactic Adventures of Stanley and Livingston

Rodney Matthews and American writer, Marco Palmer, have collaborated as illustrator and author to bring you a new science fiction series of books. This novel is the first of two side-splitting volumes concerning Stanley and Livingston, the greatest explorers in the universe.

448 pages with black & white illustrations.

Now available from Amazon USA and Amazon UK

ISBN: 9781453812334

  Book cover Posted November 9th, 2010  

BeagleThis is a recent book cover illustration for Rodney's good friend, George Russell, pictured left. Where The Bugs Wear Boots: The Story Of A Liverpool Survivor is an autobiography covering George's life from mid Second World War 1941 to the present day. It is a humorous account of his rise from violent hooligan and biker, to polymer research scientist and no-nonsense Christian.

For this commission, Rodney produced a pencil sketch for George's approval. When he presented the sketch, Rodney remarked that there were a couple of slight changes he'd like to make for the finished artwork. George's response was "No, I like it as it is; just colour the pencil sketch!"

Where The Bugs Wear Boots can be ordered from

ISBN: 978-1-897771-01-3

Where The Bugs Wear Boots: The Story Of A Liverpool Survivor

  Stormbringer Posted August 19th, 2010  

Raven Armoury recently completed a sword based on Rodney's design for Stormbringer - Elric's black-bladed rune sword from the Eternal Champion fantasy series by Michael Moorcock. Raven intends to make a small limited edition run of this almost five foot long sword, authorized and approved by Moorcock.



Pictures courtesy of Raven Armoury.

  Exhibition - Festival in the Shire Posted August 7th, 2010  

This new event will be held in mid-Wales, UK, from August 13th-15th, 2010. Festival in the Shire is a celebration of all things inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, featuring art, literature, and seminars on Tolkien and his works. Rodney will be present, exhibiting artwork together with other Tolkien-inspired artists and writers. There will also be an opportunity to hear him speak about his work, and to purchase prints & original artwork. More details can be obtained from

Download the flyer: Rodney Matthews Gandalf-Balrog.pdf

"You Shall Not Pass!"
"You Shall Not Pass!"

  High Voltage Festival, London Posted July 18th, 2010  

Rodney will be signing prints, posters, and books at High Voltage, the classic rock festival taking place in Victoria Park, London, this weekend, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July 2010. Be sure to drop by!

Tel.: 0871 230 5582

  New Magnum album cover Posted January 21st, 2009  

Following the popularity of 2007's Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow, Rodney has just finished work on a new illustration for the forthcoming Magnum album Into the Valley of the Moon King. The art concept is by band leader Tony Clarkin, who also writes the lyrics for all Magnum albums.

Visit the official Magnum Web site here:

  Magazine articles Posted January 21st, 2009  

Some recent magazine articles:

Artists & Illustrators - Issue #269 ('January 2009')

Includes a three-page feature, 'Airing the Imagination', in which Rodney outlines his 40 year association with the airbrush. There are also tips on technique.

DeathRay - Issue #16 ('Winter 2008')

Contains 'The Art of Rodney Matthews', an eight-page question & answer feature by Guy Haley.

Illustration Magazine - Issue #17 ('Autumn 2008')

Features Rodney's Alice illustration At the March Hare's Table on the front cover. The magazine contains an 'Illustrating Alice' article by Selwyn Goodacre titled 'After Tenniel'. Among other Alice illustrators including Arthur Rackham, Rodney has a one-page account in his own words about his recent Alice in Wonderland book and how it came about.

  New book: Alice in Wonderland Posted January 21st, 2009  

Rodney's new book, Alice in Wonderland, was published at the end of 2008 by Templar Publishing. It contains 14 colour illustrations and 14 monotone pencil drawings.

This 95 page book from Templar's 'Timeless Classics' series comes as a hardback (ISBN: 978-1-84011-488-1), and a jeweled slip-cased edition (ISBN: 978-1-84011-483-6).

Masaccio, Michelangelo, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Munch, Mondrian, and Matthews. All my favourite artists begin with 'M'. Except for Mantegna (I don't mean that Mantegna doesn't start with an 'M', it's just that he's not one of my favourite artists. Neither is Macke; bloody rubbish, if you ask me).

And so Rodney Matthews is generally acknowledged to be among the greatest artists that have ever lived.

Need I say more? Please buy this book, and all his other works, because then my immense collection of his stuff will become even more valuable. Especially when he dies.

John Cleese,  2008

  London book signings - Alice in Wonderland Posted December 2nd, 2008  

On Thursday 4th December 2008, Rodney will be signing copies of his new illustrated book, 'Alice in Wonderland', at the following venues:

11:00AM The British Library
96 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2DB

Tel.: 0207 412 7735
12:30PM Daunt Books
158-164 Fulham Road,
London, SW10 9PR

Tel.: 0207 373 4997
3:30PM Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road,
London, SW1X 7XL

Tel.: 0207 730 1234
6:00PM Biblion Mayfair Bookshop
1-7 Davies Mews,
London, W1K

Tel.: 0207 629 1374

There are two versions of the book; a hardback, selling at 14.99, and a slip-cased hardback at 19.99. Published by Templar Publishing as the latest of their 'Timeless Classics' series.

The book of 95 pages is a new and original take on the Lewis Carroll masterpiece, and is endorsed by John Cleese.

  Magazine articles  Posted April 1st, 2004

The following article appeared in the January issue of RECORD COLLECTOR magazine (issue #293):

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An article from The Chronicle:

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A 'Sleeve Notes' article featuring the Nazareth No Mean City album cover also appeared in the January issue (#62) of CLASSIC ROCK magazine.

  Jeff Scheetz  Posted February 5th, 2004

Rodney and American rock guitarist Jeff Scheetz are currently writing music inspired by Rodney's images, which will ultimately be available as a twelve track audio CD with an integrated booklet featuring a corresponding twelve images including Heavy Metal Hero, Stop the Slaughter, and Spirit of Trafalgar.

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Jeff (on the left) and Rodney at Jeff's recording
studio near Kansas City, USA, late last year.

Exhibition now on!

  Matthews Exhibition  Posted December 8th, 2003

Rodney has a one-man show of original paintings, including Lavender Castle designs and stop-motion models, at The Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester, UK, from December 13th 2003 - February 8th 2004.

Additionally he will be holding a lecture and signing session on Saturday, January 17th 2004 at 2:00 PM, and a further lecture on the making of Lavender Castle with Chris Bowden, producer of Cosgrove Hall Films, on Saturday, January 24th 2004 at 2:00 PM.

The exhibition is titled 'TWICE UPON A TIME'. Further details are available from:

The Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street,

Tel.: 01244 402008

  Two new calendars for 2004  Posted December 8th, 2003

'Twice upon a Time' and 'The End Times'

Two new calendars are now available; 'Twice upon a Time' and 'The End Times'.

Twice upon a Time contains four new works: Spirit of Trafalgar, Flying V, Twice upon a Time, and The Scraggutt Rider of Thrunge. Also included are the Lewis Carroll 'Alice' series of four illustrations, as well as some old favourites.

The End Times: Are You Ready? (published for the USA market) contains thirteen illustrations based on The Revelation. A must if you want to know the future of life on Earth.

Both calendars can be ordered online:

  Tolkien Exhibition  Posted February 2nd, 2003

Five Matthews original paintings based on J.R.R. Tolkien's works are currently on show as part of an exhibition titled 'Hobbits and Heroes' at The Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester, UK, running until the end of February.

Rodney will be attending the Museum Lecture Theatre to talk about his work from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 8th 2003.

Admission is 3 on the door.

  Video Games  Posted August 21st, 2002

Games publisher Midway are to release 'HAVEN: CALL OF THE KING' later this year on PlayStation 2, GameCube, and XBox. Traveller's Tales commissioned Rodney to produce the concept design for this game in 2000, and work has continued through 2001 & 2002.

We will be showing images including concept drawings on this site soon. In the mean time, you can click here to do a search for Haven: Call of the King.

  Snowboards  Posted August 21st, 2002

Matthews' designs have recently been licensed for two series of snowboards by Ride Snowboards USA.

Seven images, appearing on the 'Timeless' range, are as follows: Heavy Metal Hero, Mirador, The Ether Stream, The Duke of Rescue, Terrestrial Voyager, The Sack of Zodanga, and To Steal a Battleship.

Another three images, appearing on the 'Menace' range, are: The Bug Wars, AR-CE-EM 242, and The Martians.

Ride Snowboards have done a tremendous job of producing these boards. We hope to be able to take orders from the forthcoming mail order section.

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Menace range
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Timeless range

  Calendar 2003  Posted August 21st, 2002

Rodney's 2003 Calendar

The 14th Rodney Matthews calendar is currently being printed for sale this year.

It contains some brand new material, and some well-established favourites.

  Squidd  Posted August 21st, 2002

Recently some dusty 1/4" tapes have been found in the Matthews attic. Three tracks of Squidd tunes (see History section) recorded in the early 1970s have been rescued.

The music has been transferred to a more workable format and will be digitally remastered for release on CD, with a specially designed image for the cover insert. The CD will be offered for sale as an archival item from this site in the future.

The titles of the three tracks are as follows: 'LAVENDER CASTLE', 'THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE', and 'TWICE UPON A TIME'.

  Animation  Posted August 21st, 2002

Rodney is currently contributing concept drawings for a CG animated children's feature film. Not too much can be revealed at this stage, but to say that Rodney is working for Bristol animation company, Bolex Brothers, and that the property is long established.

UPDATE: This is 'The Magic Roundabout'.

  Magazine article  Posted August 21st, 2002

The following article appeared in the July issue of CLASSIC ROCK magazine (issue #42):

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The December Gasbag is up!

The November Gasbag is up!

October 2001

The September and October Gasbags are up!

There was no Gasbag uploaded last month as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the events of September 11th.

Matthews has just started laying out pages for a new book; The Rodney Matthews Sketchbook, which will contain drawings from computer games, record covers, Lavender Castle, and The Lord of the Rings.

Matthews' images are soon to appear on a range of snowboards marketed by an American company.

August 2001

The August Gasbag is up!

There are five new movies up:

1 on the Lavender Castle page
1 on the History page
3 on the Record Covers page

The July Gasbag is up!

The June Gasbag is up!

Here's the May Gasbag! (Finally ;-) )

The April Gasbag.

The March Gasbag is up!

The February Gasbag is up!

January 2001

Happy New Year!

Have you got wind of the 'Gasbags' yet? There will be one flatulent critter appearing here each month, exclusive to the website! Click on the logo to go to the Gasbags page.

The Gasbags

September 2000

Matthews is currently designing characters and environments for a computer game being developed by a top British company, with an American publisher. He is likely to be engaged on this project for several months to come, more news as available.

Recent jobs include work on a computer game for 989 Studios in San Diego (see the Computer Games section), preliminary conceptual art for a children's animation project by Santa Monica Studios, and a new illustration for a poster based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings commissioned by Anabas Fine Arts (this will shortly appear in the Mail Order section).

There is talk of the production of a second series of Matthews & Gerry Anderson's animated children's show Lavender Castle. It is hoped that a positive announcement will soon be made.

Rodney's first anthology book 'In Search of Forever' is now being re-printed by Paper Tiger after several years of being unavailable. This will be on sale in the mail order section as will the subsequent anthology books 'Last Ship Home' and 'Countdown to Millennium'.

The Australian jigsaw puzzle company Blue Opal is in the process of publishing four Matthews designs as puzzles. These are: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (The Nautilus), Alice in Wonderland (At the March Hare's Table), The Wind in the Willows (The Formidable Four), and The War of the Worlds (The Martians). Each puzzle is circular and packaged in book-like boxes.

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