Rodney Pople Australian, b. 1952

Rodney Pople is a Tasmanian artist that works across an array of mediums including painting, photography and sculpture. He started of by studying at the University of Tasmania as well as London’s Slade School of Art and the New York Studio School.

 

Pople’s work has been on the receiving end of a lot of controversy. This stemmed from a work that won him the Glover prize for landscape painting in 2012, which included an image of Martin Bryant – the convicted perpetrator of the Port Arthur Massacre – in the foreground of the landscape of Port Arthur. In that same year he created even more controversy by completing a work which included Degas’ sculpture – Little Dancer of Fourteen Years - on the background of the red-light district in Darlinghurst, New South Wales.

 

Pople has exhibited regularly in Australia for over 30 years and has held solo exhibitions overseas in Berlin and Shanghai. He is highly awarded and has been selected for the Archibald and Wynne Prize over 12 times since 2000.

 

His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and several regional and university galleries and internationally by MOMA, New York.