Wednesday 28 January 2009

Antonia Rolls Artist Extraordinaire. Let Us Begin.

Antonia Rolls Artist Extraordinaire.

Hello, I am Antonia Rolls, an Artist, living and working in West Sussex. My studio is in my garden and my life is wonderful here. I aim to show you what I am working on with each commission, and to comment on the work in progress.
My paintings are divided into three groups

Portraits - I am commissioned to paint individuals, families, groups in the settings of their choice. We include details of who the people in the painting are, Attributes I call them. For example, if a client loves shoes, I will paint the most fancy shoes possible as a clue to her character. The paintings are colourful, bright and joyful.

Religous - These are quirky interpretations of the Bible and Christianity. I was brought up Catholic, and so I know the stories. That is why I use the imagery that you see in the works. It is a sideways look at what we take for granted. The most famous work in this category is "Jesus on the Tube". Please go to to see it. These religious works, and the Jesus on the Tube, are often exhibited and cause much comment. Commissions based on these works, plus the sales of the originals, are all possible. Except the original Jesus on the Tube. That isn't for sale, but prints and commissioned copies of the original are available.

Fun - Brightly coloured paintings of Ladies, fun pictures of Plump Ladies by the Sea Eating Sandwiches, Pots or Mugs with Flowers in them. These are great for presents.


The Wonderful Rev Rachel Mann.
Oil on Wood, and celebrating her ordination. All the attributes that mean much to Rachel are in this painting, including skis, wine and a pheasant, and a broken dumper truck.

Susanna R and Michael B and Family by the Family House

This is a large oil on wood painting showing the family and all their attributes outside the family home, before they moved to their new one. If you look carefully, you will see a horse, a dog in the basket of the bike, wine bottles, cats, golf clubs and so on.


Virgin Mary as an Old Lady

Oil on board and framed beautifully. I have used a portrait of my mother to explore what the Virgin Mary may have looked like in her later years. I like to use modern images to make the religious ideas accessible to us now, today.

Jesus on the Tube.
This is the original and is acrylic on paper. It is only 5"x 5". Tiny. This idea has taken off on its own and has its own website now. Jesus sits on a crowded tube train being ignored by those next to him. They must wonder who on earth is sitting next to them in full Byzantine costume and a halo. Jesus looks straight out at you though, you have to make eye contact. To learn more and see other commissions of this with portraits of families included, go to


Blue Bottom

A bright blue bottom, oil on wood and about 4' by 2.5', so nice and big. This was returned from and exhibition in a London Office as it unnerved the men.

Fat Ladies by the Sea

This is acrylic on canvas, and shows lovely brightly coloured ladies eating and sitting by the sea watching a man just about to go swimming. There is a half eaten sandwich not in the photo here, which is a shame. It is below the book on the right hand bottom corner.


  1. I think this is a great blog--pictures come over better than on the web site and your words go with them. Wonder when i will see a reference to your new found interest in rurak bridges?