Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center in collaboration with Seattle  Town Hall organizes a lecture with Richard Rhodes

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7.30PM
Downstairs at Town Hall
Doors open: 6:30pm

This lecture is free for all Il Punto members that register by May 29th!

Tickets for non members are available for $5 at

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” since the ancient guild collapsed in the mid-1990’s. 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.  The lecture is richly illustrated with photos from Rhodes long career in sculpture and stone architecture.

Richard Rhodes Biography 
Rhodes Sculpture works have been exhibited internationally (Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2012), Cottesloe (2013)) and can be found in private and pubic collections in the US and Australia.  Rhodes’ Sentinel Series has won international acclaim including this review by the London based Sculpture critic, Tom Flynn.  “among the few truly stand-out works, beautifully executed and open to multiple readings.  It seemed perfectly at home overlooking the ocean. Brancusi would have liked it.”  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.   A nationally acclaimed lecturer and educator, Richard has twice addressed the national conventions of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLA). He has also delivered a five-lecture educational series to the Institute of Classical Architecture in both New York and San Francisco.  His international lectures include the Royal Institute of Australian Architects (RAIA) and the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.  His works have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, MSNBC and Newsweek.

Rhodes’ book, Stone Expression: an exploration of stone design and use, is near completion. This large-format book contains 200 color plates of international historical stonework as photographed by the author who is also an accomplished medium-format photographer. Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine, is writing the book’s foreword.

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