About Rogal

Rogal's Craig Taylor and friends, in studio

From the start I feel I probably had a wee bit of a creative output (it probably started in my nappies – where were my gas masks at the time ?????)

It started with finger painting, play-doh then leading onto clay. Down the track oils were, and still are, a brilliant medium upon which I enjoy to use and manipulate. In my early teens airbrushing became an entirely new fascination upon which I still prolifically use in many works and love to push its boundaries in any way I can achieve. This tool of the trade lies dearly in what I try to achieve outside my normal logic.

Further down the track I was extremely fortunate to encounter two brilliantly minded people who were running a course on special effects, Rick and Charmaine Connelly of Connelly Make-up FX Team . Their company has been credited with some major filmworks in the industry. The course seriously changed my concept of the art medium and my fascination for experimenting on all levels went through the stratosphere. Connelly FX had a course upon which I undertook – Rick himself, in my eyes, is a brilliant sculpture and recreator of the human form. Within this course we were taught to do body parts, castings, recreations and obviously the gory hieroglyphics – Yeeha!

Years have passed and I have experimented with a lot of the products that FX Connelly introduced to my medium vocabulary. To me they work because I have always had the interest in pushing boundaries, left, right, up, down - I salute them!

About Craig

I am a country boy at heart and am based in Orange, NSW Australia. Working as a tradie, I do a hard day’s yakka, wearing bloody heavy boots, getting my fingers, hands & knees dirty and sore – but it’s been that way all my fortunate life, that’s why I enjoy the escapism of letting my imagination run wild, adventuring into the dark side with extreme artwork and awakening people’s senses.

But seriously, life itself inspires me to create, shock and bloody well carry on.

Rogal's Craig and Sammy, production manager

Craig & production manager, Sammy

Equipment & Techniques

The mediums for 3D skulls and faces of man comprise various elements of latex, foam and polyester clay.

Rogal amoeba

They are designed solely as easel standing pieces due to the weight of some of the pieces. Direct sunlight can deteriorate the elements in latex but with experimentation and practice I have preserved these pieces with a combination of polyester resin, coated with polyurethane clear, so they will stand the test of time; various works are more than 9 years old and still look great!
.... Beware, there are more to come!