Roland Piché: Decoding Fifty Years in the Studio

1 Sept - 26 Oct, 2019. After early success and fame as a sculptor in the 1960s, Roland Piché chose to retreat to his studio and has spent the last 50 years developing his work with an unswerving commitment and free from commercial considerations and concerns.

This series of exhibitions metaphorically throws open the doors of his studio and seeks to provide an understanding of his remarkable journey in sculpture, through the eyes and mind of the artist himself.

Now in his eightieth year, Roland Piché continues to produce innovative and radical new work from his studio in Tollesbury, Essex.

Programme
Three separate exhibitions, each accompanied by a 25 minute artists' talk and a fully illustrated catalogue. The programme will run from 1 September - 26 October, 2019.

Full details of each exhibition will be published online in due course.

Background

Roland Piché was born in London in 1938, and emerged from the Royal College of Art in the early 1960s. He was immediately recognised as an important new voice and through the New Generation Exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, he was identified and taken on by the leading London art gallery, Marlborough Fine Art. During the years that he was represented by Marlborough, Piché enjoyed numerous high-profile exhibitions and his work attracted a great deal of publicity both within the art world and popular culture; including a portrait of the artist by David Bailey, which was commissioned by and published in Vogue magazine.

Between 1956-1960 Piché was a part-time assistant to Henry Moore whose sculpture has had a significant influence on his life's work, which is complex, reflecting an admiration of American art, together with the humanist european traditions, and formal issues of ancient Egyptian art.

He was for many years Principal Lecturer and Head of Sculpture at Maidstone and Canterbury Schools of Art and was able, throughout those forty years, to research and test both the teaching methods and the nature of art and sculpture.

Piché is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors (FRSS). Like some of his rebellious contemporaries at the time, he refused (not once but twice) election as a Royal Academician (RA), although he has exhibited his work a number of times at the Royal Academy Summer Show.

Piché's work is in many public collections, including: the Royal College of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation; the British Council; Sao Paulo Museum; the Arts Council of Great Britain; and the Gothenburg Museum, Sweden.

In 2013 Piché had a major solo exhibition entitled Road to Canterbury' at Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival 2013.


Awards:

1961 Walter Neurath Prize
1964 Gallery, prize, Young Contemporaries Bronze Medal, Royal College of Art
1965 Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Travel Bursary, 4th Biennale de la Ville de Paris
1966 Structure 66, Arts Council of Gt. Britain, Welsh Committee (1st Prize)
1968 Commission Prize, Moorgate Sculpture Competition
1977 Arts Council of Great Britain Award
1979 Eastern Arts Association Award
1984 A Sculpture for Aberdeen, Scotland, cast at Morris Singer Bronze Foundry
1992 The National Sculpture Commission, Nene College, Northampton
2007 Julian Trevelyan Award for Prints, Originals Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Exhibitions include:

1967 Marlborough Gallery, London
1969 Gallery Ad Libitum, Antwerp
Middelheim Biennale, Antwerp
1975 Canon Park, Birmingham
1980 The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Minories Galleries, Colchester
1993 Kopp-Bardellini Agent Gallery, Zurich CH
2001 Glaxo Smith Kline - Harlow Research Centre
2006 Sculpture in The Garden, Botanic Garden Leicester
2013 Canterbury Cathedral, Solo Exhibition

Piché's work featured in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.