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Rodney Fumpston was born in Fiji in 1947. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1966 to 1972, graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1970 and Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) in 1972. He then studied at the Central School of Fine Art and Design in London, graduating Advanced Studies in Printmaking in 1974. He is currently Head of Printmaking at Elam School of Fine Arts. He lives in Auckland in a small 1920s bungalow with the main room given over to two printing presses, work benches, tables and storage cabinets. His garden is magnificent and full of exotic plants and flowers all of which he can identify by name.
Rodney Fumpston has been making prints for nearly three decades, one of the few artists in New Zealand to focus on the print medium, to find it uniquely suitable for the expression of his ideas and to remain physically involved with every stage of the painstaking process. He is a perfectionist who has achieved astonishing mastery of this method, enjoying the clarity and precision of thought that precedes the creation of a successful image.
He has held several one person shows throughout New Zealand, and his work is in many private collections here and overseas. He has also had exhibitions in England and Australia and his work has been selected for international Print Biennales.