About the Artwork

Richard Rome began his work on Pepper Rock in 1993 utilising, in part, elements from earlier dismantled sculptures. He recommenced work again in 1997 when the base unit was added, and the artwork was then rusted and varnished. The piece was shown at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park between 1998 and 2000. In 2016 it was dismantled, blast cleaned and galvanised, re-assembled and waxed. From April 2017 until November it was exhibited at Cabot square, Canary Wharf. “Pepper Rock’’ is emblematic, human play.


Artist Interview


Year: 1993

Courtesy the artist. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Galvanised and waxed steel


335 x 170 x 104 cm / 1.4T

Artist Biography

Richard Rome

Richard Rome was born in 1943. On leaving school he worked for Trollop & Colls, a city of London a construction company. From 1962 he studied at St Albans school of art and completed his post graduate studies at Chelsea school of art in 1966. He established his first studio in Chelsea in 1967 and his present studio in Kent in 1994. Throughout his career he has participated in many exhibitions and completed a number of commissions. He has also made sculptures and exhibited in the USA. His most recent one person show was in 2017 at canary wharf where 41 sculptures were exhibited. In 2011 a monograph was published by Lund Humphries. Rome was appointed honorary fellow of the royal college of art in 2009. For more information visit richardrome.co.uk