Terry Rodgers has acquired considerable fame as the creator of large-scale cinematic paintings that compel the viewer to participate in a disenchanted world where beauty, sex and money do not seem to bring happiness. They evoke the confusing energy, decadence, desire, loneliness and promise of an age. He portrays a contemporary search for a meaningful life as a perpetual existential hangover.
Rodgers makes clear that this 21st century jet-set notion of success is but a metaphor. It is the various modes of language and perception of every era or culture that are the inevitable roots of illusion, and often disenchantment. Rodgers' works underline the complexity of human relations in contemporary society, with all its contradictions and mediated influences.
On a more abstract level, his works concern his fascination with the dialectic coalescence of contradictory impulses in a subjective perspective.