Sculptural furniture artist William Rhodes began his creative journey at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He then earned a BA in Furniture Building and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Rhodes’ creative works are in the collections of various galleries and museums and featured in several major publications.
Rhodes’ travels to Africa, Asia and Central and South America strongly influences his work. The people, art and cultures of these societies inspire Rhodes to consider non-Western approaches to furniture and art, such as creating utilitarian objects that are works of art. Additionally, Rhodes’ studies of karmic astrology and astrocartography encourage him to produce art that promotes healing.
Rhodes takes a decidedly Eastern view in his choice of materials, colors and method of building and design. For example, he believes the spirit and characteristics of materials lend themselves to a particular piece of art. Recycled materials are an important component of Rhodes’ work.
Rhodes is the owner of St. Paul Art and Design Studio, which was created in 2000 as an art venue for community-based artists who are often overlooked by mainstream galleries. Additionally, the artistic gallery space has hosted many other events, such as yoga and meditation programs as well as art and music shows. St. Paul Art and Design Studio is located in Baltimore's historic Charles Village.
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