Rodney Pople Australian, b. 1952-

Books, catalogues & REVIEWS


Allen, Christopher; “Face to Face with Life”, The Australian, 11 July 2014, p. 10

Allen, Christopher; “Review: Out and About”, The Australian, 19–20 July 2014, p. 29

Allen, Christopher; “Land’s End’ Review”, The Weekend Australian, 28–29 March 2009

Amadio, Nadine; Inaugural Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, M&C Aust. Art Foundation, 1987

Amadio, Nadine; “From Vineyard to Canvas”, This Australia, Spring 1987

Anderson, Patricia; “Archibald Review”, Weekend Australian, March 2004

Australian Perspecta ‘85, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1985

Bates, Rob; “Art draws prayer protest”, Wentworth Courier, 22 September 2010

Bevan, Jarrad; “Artist digs heels in on Bryant Painting”, Sunday Tasmanian, 11 March 2012, pp. 1 & 8

Bogle, Michael; “Clay Time”, Vogue Living, May 1989

Boland, Michaela; “News”, The Australian, 11 July 2014, p. 3

Bond, Anthony; “Bellini 21c”, Australian Galleries, Sydney, 2010

Bond, Anthony; “Tony Bond on Pople”, Art World, December 2008

Borlase, Nancy; “Sculpture moves back…”, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 1982

Boyd Chris: ‘Lie of the Land’ the Australian/review. October3-4 2015

Brennan, Betsy; “Rodney Pople’s Passion and Paradox”, Vogue Living, March 1990

Burns, Jennifer; “fine art fusion”, Vogue Living, Oct/ Nov, 1993, p. 120

Chanin, Eileen; (ed), Australian Contemporary Painting, Craftsman House, 1991

Chenery, Susan; “Altared State”, Sydney Morning Herald (The Good Weekend), 28 June 2014, pp. 22-25

Clark, Nick; “Art Prize win leads to Bryant furore”’, The Mercury, 10 March 2012, p. 8

Cochrane, Peter; “Now it's our turn: Pople Goes Mao’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 1994

Crumlin, Rosemary; The Blake Book: Religion and Spirituality in Australia. Celebrating 60 years of the Blake Prize, Macmillian, Melbourne, 2011

Crawford, Ashley; “Acquire all things bleak and beautiful’, Mercedes Australia Magazine, Autumn 2002, pp. 73-77

Crawford, Ashley; “Desert Dreaming:, Condé Nast Traveller (Australia), July 2002, p. 96

Crawford, Ashley; “Rodney Pople; Crystal Clear”, The Age, 12 May 2007

Croft, Christopher; Mindscapes, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1989

Cubby, Ben; “Dog’s Breakfast?”, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 2004, p.14

Curnow, Heather; “Watercolours Strong in Structure, Imagery”, The Mercury, 20 June 1987

Delaruelle, Jacques; “A canon greater than the self”, The Sydney Review, December, 1993, p.14

Denholm, Michael; Recent Australian Art, 1996

Dewar, Sue; “Beijing Report”, Art and Asia Pacific, March 1995

Dow, Steve; “Rodney Pople”, Art Guide, 10 March 2015

Dysart, Dinah; “Rodney Pople”, Art World, December 2008

Fenner, Felicity; “Transposing the Common”, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2009

Fischbein, Johanna; “Ghosts and Watercolour Symbolism”, Eastern Herald, 10 November 1988

Forrest, Nicholas; “Rodney Pople’s Newest Sydney Show Explores the Dark Side of Religion”, Blouin Artinfo International, March 2013

Fox Koob, Simone; “Wild portrait to benefit rhinos”, The Australian, 28 September 2015, p. 12

Fortescue, Elizabeth; “Artist’s winning work sheds light on its subject”, The Daily Telegraph,

30 October, 2014

Fortescue, Elizabeth; “The Mad, Bad and Beautiful”, The Daily Telegraph, 19 March 2004, p.16-17

Fortescue, Elizabeth; “Postcard on the Edge”, The Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2006, p.76 (ill)

Fortescue, Elizabeth; “Erotic, exotic and designed to shock”, The Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2010, p.34

Fortescue, Elizabeth; “Art of Controversy”, The Daily Telegraph, 13 March 2015, p.37

Frost, Andrew; “Golden Age”, The Art Life, 02 March 2015

Geissler, Marie; “Rodney Pople”, Business Review Weekly, 1996

“Glover Prize winning painting (front cover)”, The Saturday Examiner, 10 March 2012

“Glover Prize winning painting (front cover)”, The Sunday Tasmanian, 11 March 2012

Gibson, Prue; “Profile: Rodney Pople”, Australian Art Review, March-April 2013, pp. 50-53

Gibson, Prue; The Lie of the Land, Australian Centre for Photography, 2014

Hessey, Ruth; “Rodney Pople”, Vogue, April 1991

Hill, Peter; “Sticks and Banoes”, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 December 2004, p. 20

Hill, Peter; “Face Values”, Sydney Morning Herald, 1-2 May 2004, pp. 8-9

Hoffert, Bernard; “Review”, The Age, 13 October, 1983

Holloway, Memory; “Review”, The Age, 12 October 1983

Holmes, Lucinda; “Transposing the Common II”, A-N, December, 2009

‘Hot Seat”, The Australian, Review, May 27 2006, p.17

Hynes, Victoria; “Beast in Show”, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 2001, p.26

Hynes, Victoria; “Rodney Pople”, Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney Magazine), December, 2004 p.133

ICI Contemporary Art Collection, ICI Australia, 1989

Jinman, Richard: “Rodney Pople” Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney Magazine), June, 2005

Johnson, Anna; “Blake’s Vision Trapped in a Spiral of the Senses”, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 November 1988

Johnson, Anna; “Rodney Pople”, Interior Design, No. 17, 1989

Kidd, Courtney; “Simple Gestures…”, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2001, p.24

Kidd, Courtney; Australian Art Collector, March – May 2013

Lam, Lana; “Stillness of the night creates a winning piece”, The Glebe, May 14 2009

Litson, Jo; “Great Expectations”, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 6-7 October 1990

“Live in Shanghai”, Shanghai Daily, 7 November 2009

Lopez, Annemarie; “Box Office”, Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney Magazine), Issue #38, June 2006, p.85 (Ill)

Lord, Elizabeth; ‘Art Show Confronts’, The Mercury, 17 October 2012

Lord, Elizabeth; “Artist goes where others fear to tread”, The Mercury, 2 November 2012

Loxley, Anne; “Pople’s Whirling World”, Sun Herald, 6 November 1988

Lynn, Elwyn; “Portrait of the Artist…”, The Weekend Australian, 10-11 December 1988

Lynn, Elwyn; “Review”, The Weekend Australian, 2-3 December 1989

Lynn, Elwyn; “Fertile fantasies”, The Weekend Australian, 3-4 December 1993, p. 10

Machen, Mary; “State’s Darkest Hour Wins Glover”, The Saturday Examiner, 10 March 2012, p. 4

Maloney, Matt; Richardson, Jayne; “Glover Art Rage”, The Sunday Examiner, 11 March 2012, p. 2

Maloon, Terence; “Images from the Battle Zone...”, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 1984

Maloon, Terence; “Artists take a well known Walk on the Wild Side”, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 Sept 1986

McCulloch, Tom; The First Australian Sculpture Triennial, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 1981

McDonald, John; “Statue? Painting? Look Again”, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October, 1985

McDonald, John; “Searching Abstracts by Bedridden Artists”, National Times, 5 October 1986

McDonald, John; “Moet Award is not all bubbly”, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October 1987

McDonald, John; “Review”, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 1988

McDonald, John; “Overpowered by Mindless Mindscapes”, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 1989

McDonald, John; “Blake pursues outward signs of spiritual grace”, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 1993, Spec. 12A

McDonald, John; “Fall Guy”, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Sept 1996, p.14

McDonald, John; “The 2008 Archibald Prize”, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2008

McDonald, John; “Small Wonders”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19–20 July 2014, pp. 16–17

McGregor, Ken; William Creek and Beyond, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002

Meacham, Steve; “Rodney Pople”, Sydney Morning Herald, (Spectrum Profile), 11 September 2010

Mendelssohn, Joanna; “What should have won?”, Unleashed ABC, 10 March 2008

Miller, Ronald; “Review”, The Herald, 6 October 1983

Milson, Rosemarie; “Where Art Thou?”, Sun Herald (Sunday Life), 15 December 2002, p. 15

Mrad, Fatima; “Artist takes out cherished prize”, Valley Times, 13 March 2009 

Nelson, Robert; “Artful preaching to the perverted”, The Age, 31 August 2011, p. 19

Pearce, Barry; 100 Moments in Australian Painting, NewSouth Press, 2014

Queensland Art Gallery, 1991 Annual Report (cover illustration) 1992

Pattenden, Rod; “After the sublime – The dark beauty of Rodney Pople’s unsettling eye”, Australian Art Review, August 2008

“Rodney Pople: Golden Age”, ArtAnd,  March 2015

Rooney, Robert; “The Artist as Gap-Filler”, The Weekend Australian, 10-11 May 1989

Second Australian Contemporary Art Fair, ACAF2, 1990

“Skilful painting takes out Annual Lake Prize”, Lake Macquarie Advocate, 8 Sept 1988

Smee, Sebastian; “Win lose and draw”, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 Sept 1996, p.13

Smee, Sebastian; “Mother’s art of the heart wins Archibald”, The Weekend Australian, 8-9 March 2008

Stowell, Jill; “Prize creates Collection Cornerstone”, The Mercury, 16 September 1988

Sturgeon, Graeme; “Six Names to Watch”, Australian Collector’s Quarterly, Nov ‘89 - Jan‘90

“Sydney Artists take Prizes”, Lake Macquarie Post, 20 September 1988

Taylor, Andrew; “Altar images”, The Sun-Herald, 19 September 2010, p.30

Taylor, Andrew; “Self-portrait emerges as Archibald Prize favourite”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12–13 July 2014

Taylor, Roger; “Interview”, 3RRR FM Radio, Melbourne, 8 November 1986

Taylor, Roger; “Rodney Pople”, World Sculpture, January 2000

Taylor, Roger; “Rodney Pople”, Asian Art News, vol.11, no.3, May/June 2001, pp.80-81

Tweed River Art Gallery: 20 years, Tweed River Art Gallery, 2008

Verghis, Sharon; “Opening/Spotlight”, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2001, p.22

Verghis, Sharon; “Arts Saviour…”, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 - 17 November 2002, pp.1 –2

Verghis, Sharon; “For Pope, Duke or Deague”, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 - 24 November 2002, p. 15

Waterlow, Nick; Silver, UNSW College of Fine Arts, 1998

“When our artists pass by a creek”, Sunday Telegraph, 29 December 2002, p. 103

Wilson, Ashleigh; “Portrait of a serious rival to the Archibald”, The Australian, 2 September 2014, p. 14

Woodcock, Phyllis; “Different Artists in Two Shows”, Courier Mail, 8 August 1987      

“24 Hour Diary”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 2012, p. 9


G E O R G E   P O P L E (Artist’s assistant)


George Pople is an emerging photographer and filmmaker based in Sydney, Australia. His key areas of expertise are in 35mm film photography, video and film. While completing his final year of secondary school, he works as an assistant photographer to artist Rodney Pople and official photographer for Newington College, Sydney. His short films have attracted multiple awards in Australia and internationally.




Assistant to Rodney Pople (film and video), Tasmania, 2016

Documentary photographer (digital), Newington College, 2016–17




Writer and Director, “I think I’ll Take the Stairs”, 2015

Writer and Director, “Marrickville Road”, 2015

Writer and Director, “In Memory”, 2016



Finalist, “I think I’ll Take the Stairs”, Newington Film Festival, Sydney, 2015

Winner, Best Script, “I think I’ll Take the Stairs”, Scots Fest, Sydney, 2015

Finalist, “In Memory”, Chatswood Short Film Festival, Sydney, 2016

Winner, Best Film, “In Memory”, Newington Film Festival, Sydney, 2016

Winner, Best Director, “In Memory”, Scots Fest, 2017

Winner, Best Director, “In Memory”, International Junior Film Festival, Bangladesh, 2017