60 linocut prints by Willie Rodger RSA RGI (b1930), acquired in 2017 by Lillie Art Gallery with an NFA grant of £2,000.
Pick up Fugitive Colours, the latest collection by Liz Lochhead, and you will find Willie Rodger celebrated in two of her poems. And why not? Willie Rodger is an artist who should be celebrated in poetry for his Zen-like scrutiny of his fellow human beings: humorous, delightful, insightful; he observes, never judges.
In 2005 the Auld Kirk Museum, in his home town of Kirkintilloch, had the privilege of mounting a retrospective exhibition to mark his 75th year.
A dozen years on, we were horrified when it dawned on us that we didn’t actually have a representative collection of his trademark linocut prints in the Lillie Art Gallery’s permanent collection – his local gallery!
Thanks to a grant from the National Fund for Acquisitions this shocking oversight has been remedied and we have an assemblage of 60 prints chosen for the collection by the artist himself.
And then there are Willie Rodger’s wonderful paintings, described by Liz Lochhead as, ‘deep saturations of pure colour’, but they’re for another day, another NFA application …
Museums Development Officer
East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust