Richard Rhodes -- Rhodesworks Design Studio

Richard Rhodes -- Rhodesworks Design Studio

RICHARD RHODES
A Seattle, Washington-based sculptor, stonemason, entrepreneur, and scholar of stonework world-wide, Richard Rhodes apprenticed as a stonemason in Siena, Italy after graduate studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As the first non-Italian admitted into Siena's ancient masonic guild in 726 years (operative branch of the Freemason’s, heirs to the cathedral builders of Europe), he is known throughout the sculpture and stone community as the “last apprentice.” It was during his guild training that he first encountered the Sacred Geometries and the Sacred Rules of Bondwork, foundational knowledge from the 4,000-year tradition of stone expression. Though now branching into other media such as cast bronze, Rhodes credits his guild training as the major influence in his sculptural practice.

Rhodes continues to explore the relationship between art, architecture and the human experience. Primarily working in granite or high-density limestone, his work is deeply textural, relying principally on the expressive hand finishes wrought with the hammer and chisel. Typically working larger than human scale, Rhodes explores mass with deceptively simple compositional gestures.

Rhodes is the founder of several businesses including Rhodes Architectural Stone, which purchased 17 villages behind the Three Gorges Dam project in China and successfully recycled the antique stone material for architectural projects in the United States.

Rhodes Sculpture and Design Practice