Penguin Family Date: 1937 Size: 33cm high by 22cm wide. Thanks to Filipe for sharing this with us. As a sign of his friendship Rodrigues gave Filipe’s grandparents a sculpture of a family of penguins … the smaller one representing Filipe’s father who was about 10 years old at the time.   Horse’s Head Thanks to Judson Kemsley for sending us a photograph of this exquisite sculpture of a horse’s head. It is signed and dated 1953. Size: 33cm x 18cm x 10cm. Unknown medium. Koi Crap Date: 1951 Size: 26.5cm x 23cm Mask Date: 1953 Ape Date: 1952 Cat Date: 1953 Size: 40cm Thanks toRead More →

Here are copies of various documents and photographs relating to Agostinho Rodrigues that I have come across. Thanks to Ann Hallman and Corey George for sending me various items. Agostinho Rodrigues – Catalogue (19Mb pdf – note large size of file) A 31 page catalogue of sculptures and architectural features that Rodrigues was selling at the time. Probably late 1950s early 1960s. Apologies for the quality of some of the images but this is a very rare item. Agostinho Rodrigues Co – ‘Vidro’ Pamphlet (pdf) To quote from the pamphlet “Agostinho Rodrigues Co. introduces ‘Vidro’. A new glass product combining extreme strength and durability withRead More →

One of the many myths surrounding Don’s early years involves his association with a Portuguese sculptor called Agostinho Rodrigues (sometimes written as Augustino Rodriquez). Don’s story is that he trained under this artist and appeared on a weekly television programme with him sculpting wild animals at Griffith Park Zoo. Searches for information about Rodrigues (using variations on the spelling of his name) have come to nothing. However, in 2003 a bit more about Rodrigues, Don and animal sculpting came to light. The Rhino art box Riding Some Kind Of Unusual Skull Sleigh included a book called Splinters, a collection of personal photos and other ephemeraRead More →