about Ian

Ian Rolls Artist from Jersey
Ian Rolls in the Pitt Stream Gallery.
Song of the Sea, Ian’s home & studio amongst the rocks at Corbière, Jersey.

Pitt Stream Gallery

Ian & his wife Ruth have a small gallery in the heart of St Helier which showcases and sells Ian’s work. Ruth has her ceramics studio on site and her work can also be purchased there. The gallery is part of a group of historic town cottages which have been restored by the National Trust for Jersey.

Welcome to the website of Ian Rolls. 

Ian is a full time artist who is well known in Jersey in the Channel Islands, where he has lived for most of his life.

Ian has travelled widely and his travels have been an important source of inspiration for him as an artist. He has spent prolonged periods living and working in India & Sri Lanka, cultures which have deeply affected his life.

Ian has shown his work in solo or group exhibitions in India, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, England and regularly in Jersey. Wherever he is, the images he produces are characteristically quirky, playful and up-lifting. His work can be found in collections worldwide.

Ian’s pictures are quiet struggles to create order out of a self-imposed chaos. His technique is somewhat unorthodox as he draws with his left hand, although naturally right handed. But far from unnatural, this way of drawing produces a spontaneity and freedom of line that “feels” good for Ian and is as much related to the subconscious as the conscious. Ian has practised meditation for many years and this has directly influenced his way of working. The composition is established with rapid but mindful left handed drawing and the right-handed painting responds with a slow, methodical sorting out process. The combination of two quite different ways of working within each picture, using both hands and both sides of the brain, makes Ian’s work a very personal and quirky version of reality.

Ian is best known for his watercolours although he frequently makes series of paintings in oil and acrylic paint and occasionally pictures on or constructions from less conventional materials; found beach plastic, driftwood, recycled or burnt timber, used-out surf boards, skateboards and discarded electrical eqipment.

Occasionally Ian undertakes large projects, working with schools, the community or groups of other artists and friends. 

In 2014 Ian collaborated with fellow artist Kerry-Jane Warner, over the course of the year, on a series of 12 “art in the environment” projects, one for each month and one for each Island parish, using natural materials in response to the beautiful landscape of Jersey (see news page archive). 

Other significant projects which Ian has led or been commissioned to undertake include the painting of Jersey’s Dazzle Ship, the art elements at Jersey’s Recycling Centre at La Collette and recently Jersey’s climate warming stripes mural on the Waterfront.

Apart from nine animated Jersey doors on the homepage, this website presents news of forthcoming exhibitions and events, biographical info, short films about selected archive exhibitions and projects and a gallery where original paintings available for sale can be viewed. There is also a shop where a wide range of limited edition prints can be bought online via the Pitt Stream Gallery website (see left for more about the Pitt Stream Gallery). If you are considering commissioning a work, there are guide prices and details of the process, which is probably simpler and much less scary than you think!  There is also a page which has information about framing that is unique to Ian’s work and of course contact details.

Hope you enjoy what you see!

Pitt Stream Gallery

Ian & his wife Ruth have recently opened a small gallery in the heart of St Helier which will showcase Ian’s work. Ruth’s ceramics are also on display and her ceramics studio is also on site. The gallery is part of a group of historic town cottages which have been restored by the National Trust for Jersey.