About the Artist
Rowland Cheney teaches Art at the college level and produces art work that celebrates the romance and mystery of life. born in 1943 in utah, Rowland was educated in California at Chico State and U.C. Berkeley. He has worked in a broad range of media incuding bronze, oil, watercolor, and prints. He has been described as a "complete" artist, refering to his uncanny ability to work with authority in virtually any medium. commissions represent the bulk of his work.
The most recent is a monumental bronze sculpture entitled " Celebrate the Harvest". This imposing bronze tells of the love and energy that is associated with the vintner's life and the dedication that goes into the production of wine. This magnificent sculpture is located at the corner of School and Oak streets in downtown Lodi, California.
2007, saw the installation of a life size bronze of Mr. and Mrs. William Micke. The Micke's were the donors of the land that is now Micke Grove Park and Zoo in San Joaquin County. The sculpture is situated under a giant valley oak inside the zoo and on ay given day one can see children sitting on Mrs Micke's lap or standing with their parents along side of the image of Mr. Micke. "Wisdom Through the Ages" was installed in the newly dedicated senior center in Dublin, California in 2005. The 12 foot bronze sculptue is highly symbolic and reflects the spiritual aspects of man's search for wisdom.
'Sandhill Cranes" are the subject of the 2002 monumental sculpture "Leaving and Coming Home". This elegant 10 foot tall bronze sculpture sands in a fountain in front of the Lodi Amtrak Station where it is a constant reminder of the comings and goings of our lives. In addition to his many "full round" sculptures, rowland has also produced many bas-relief wall mounted bronzes. These works are dominantly commemorative sculptures commissioned by universities,businesses communities and individuals. Local as well as international celebrities are a part of his repetoire. The actess Janet Leigh is featured in a recent piece for the city of Stockton, California.
Rowland has also woked in the corporate world producing original sculptures of horses for the Breyer company. the early 1990's saw Rowland's toy horses in a world wide market. His "Messinger Series" was instrumental in the preservation of the herd of wild horses now refered to a Kiger Mustangs. Rowland lives near Lodi on a woking ranch where he maintains a studio and raises Kiger Mustang horses. He and his wife Cheryl raised four children, two boys and two girls all of whom are married and are raising their own families. cheryl was able to see eight of her ten grandchildren born before the lord called her home. Life and Art converge in Rowlands world. His Art is a blessing from God that helps him bring his spirituallity, family, passions and a broad range of interests together.