October 1, 2016


Born in rural England, Rawdon trained and worked briefly as a hairdresser. It wasn’t long before his natural creative instincts led him to London where he worked in both theatre and television styling Hair (mainly wigs) and Make-Up.

His abilities in wig dressing led him to be known in London’s West End as “the only person who can put a Finger Wave in concrete”. Artistic genes flow through the Slater family, his father a woodcarver / sculptor and his uncle a mixed medium painter. Rawdon has painted; without tuition, all his life from a young child.

Somewhere in the Himalayas
Somewhere in the Himalayas

Rawdon’s mantra when painting is; It’s all about the light, as seen in his works. Source-Reflection-Shadow.

On holiday in Australia in 1996, Rawdon found a whole continent of light and vibrant color (and warmth) and decided instantly that this was where he was going to live. He is now an Australian citizen residing in Highgate Hill with his partner and three rescue dogs, surrounded by trees, possums and his other passion; his beloved garden.

In 2013 Rawdon was told by his partner to “Stop bitching about work and do something about it”. This spurred him to commence private tuition under renowned Sunshine Coast artist Bill McKay. Though still working part time (and still bitching about it), Rawdon now devotes most of his time and energy to his painting.

Joan - Blanch Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane — The other half of the real life Devine Feud
Joan – Blanch Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane — The other half of the real life Devine Feud

A love of cinema and strong quirky characters plus being a self-confessed Dr Who and Disney tragic has influenced his selection of paintings for this exhibition. Rawdon sees and admires character, not beauty.

His preferred medium is a synthetic oil (Cobra) on stretched canvas, sometimes highlighted with gold leaf or pumice. He has done several commissioned works.

Glamour to Gollum – and other works is Rawdon’s first exhibition of paintings of the stars of the Silver screen from yesteryear to todays CGI characters, presented with highlights of the performances with facts of their careers and lives.

NOVEMBER 4 – 8 2016

New Farm Cinemas Foyer

701 Brunswick Street

New Farm Brisbane Queensland 4005


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