|Haven: Call of the King (2002)||(Conceptual Artist)|
|Shadow Master (1998)||(Concept Art)|
|Arctic Baron (1993)||(Cover Artwork by (uncredited))|
|The Fury (1988)||(Cover Art by)|
|Seas of Blood (1985)||(Cover artwork by)|
Rodney Matthews has worked as a freelance designer and illustrator of fantasy, science fiction and fairy tale as applied to record covers, book jackets and books (adult and children's), TV series and video games for 30 years, and is acknowledged world-wide as being one of the top practitioners in these genres.
His originals have been exhibited at Britain's foremost illustrators gallery, the Chris Beetles Gallery in London's West End, while he has held one-man shows at the Langton Gallery, London, in Sierre, Switzerland, in Cardiff and Machynlleth, Wales, with participation in many joint shows and signing sessions in the UK and Europe. Matthews' originals are owned by celebrities including Pythons John Cleese and Terry Jones who have 5 between them. Rodney has been in great demand for record cover design, having done more than 70 for artists including Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, Asia, The Scorpions, Barclay James Harvest, Magnum (10), and Rick Wakeman.
Over 80 of his designs have been published as poster prints, selling in millions world-wide. There have also been postcards, notecards, collector's cards, jigsaw puzzles (UK and US), limited edition prints, and of course his well known anthology books: 'In Search of Forever', 'Last Ship Home', and 'Countdown to Millennium', not forgetting the illustrated Michael Moorcock book 'Elric at the End of Time', and portfolios for 1990 and 1993. Some of his books have been published in French, German, and Japanese.
Other items include calendars of which there have been a total of 15, an interactive CD-ROM 'Between Earth and the End of Time', a biographic video 'A House on the Rock', and work on video games. In 1998 a major children's animation series 'Lavender Castle' was completed. The original concept and all design was by Matthews and the 26 x 10 minute episodes were produced by Gerry Anderson.
Around 1994 the British computer game development company Traveller's Tales asked Rodney to design them a logo. At the time of delivering the artwork to their premises he was introduced to a senior producer from the Liverpool based games publisher Psygnosis, who asked if he would be interested in designing a game for them. Matthews considered it over a pint in a nearby pub and agreed. The resulting game was Shadow Master, a shoot-em-up for the Sony PlayStation and PC CD-ROM. Rodney has also done conceptual design drawings for 989 Studios, and designed the company logos for Bizarre Creations, Tales² and The Edge.
Last updated: Aug 23, 2009