Willie Rodger
RSA

  • Born : 1930
  • Died : 2018
  • Associate Elected : 21/06/1989
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born : 1930
  • Died : 2018
  • Associate Elected : 21/06/1989
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

Willie Rodger RSA is one of the most significant artist-printmakers in recent Scottish art history.

Born in Kirkintilloch in 1930, Rodger studied Graphics and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art from 1948 to 1953.  He received a rigorous education from a course that, at the time, only accepted the most skilled draughtsmen. By graduation Rodger had already sold two prints to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and went on to a career in advertising.  However, he became disillusioned with the cut and thrust of the commercial world and an opportunity to change careers and return to Scotland came about with a teaching vacancy at Lenzie Academy, then as Principal Teacher of Art at Clydebank High School, a post he held until early retirement in 1987. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1989 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in 1999.