Welcome to the Website of Alabama Folk Artist and Artisan Rodney C. Lawley
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Rodney C. Lawley is a professional Folk Artist and Artisan based in
Birmingham, Alabama and specializes in utilizing discarded materials
into his work. His art explores the beauty of natural textures, patinas,
and tool markings while challenging the conventional perceptions and
stereotypes of Folk Art and the artists that work in this genre.
Rodney is college educated, a trained historian, and is proficient in the
skills of many blue-collar trades, such as welding, carpentry, masonry,
blacksmithing, and metal forging. Although Rodney has received
instruction in these fields in the United States and the Philippine
Islands, the application of these skills to artistic purposes has been a
self-taught endeavor that has spanned many years of his life.
Familiar with the often haughty dismissal of Folk Art by the established
art community, Rodney’s work explores the space between the two
genres by producing quality constructed pieces that emphasize the
beauty of simple ideas untouched by the systematic effects of
scientific design and pre-boxed academia arts training.
Rodney has sold his art to collectors in the United States, Canada, and
Europe for many years, and his work has raised thousands of dollars
for charity. He has participated in gallery exhibitions in multiple states
within the USA, and his work is featured in both commercial buildings
and national commercial media promotions.
Some of Rodney’s art is sold via the Naked Art Gallery in Birmingham,
Alabama, and on occasion, some pieces will be listed on the ETSY
marketplace. Rodney is currently seeking exhibition opportunities in
National Juried Art shows to showcase the quality of his modern Folk
Art to the established Art Community.
Commission inquiries are always welcome and will receive a prompt