Rodney Forbes

b. 1951

Rodney Forbes is is fascinated by how people tell stories. His vibrant paintings address deeply poignant subject matter through dreamlike and surreal imagery. Figures and objects float against his trademark palette of bright, luminous colours, drawing the viewer in to explore a rich narrative. Drawing on both autobiographical and historical events, Forbes has the masterful ability to portray sometimes dark and challenging subject matter through vibrant, cartoon-like imagery, resulting in deeply engaging works that invite extended contemplation.

Rodney Forbes’ work is held in the collection of the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, several regional galleries and numerous private collections in Australia and internationally. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Federation University Australia and was previously the Director of Gippsland Centre for Art and Design and Switchback Gallery at Monash University. His work has been the subject of two major curated survey exhibitions and he has been the recipient of an Australia Council Arts and Crafts Board New Work Grant. Forbes has been active in the curation of numerous indigenous exhibitions and cross-cultural art projects.

Photograph of Rodney Forbes by Richard Dodson

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Rodney Forbes – Winner of the Maritime Art Prize 2020

Image above: Rodney Forbes  A Submariner Dreams of Home  2020  oil on canvas Congratulations to Rodney Forbes who has been …

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Rodney Forbes – Maritime Art Prize 2020

Image above: Rodney Forbes  A Submariner Dreams of Home  2020  oil on canvas Congratulations to Rodney Forbes who has been …

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Rodney Forbes – Artist Feature

Rodney Forbes’ paintings address deeply poignant subject matter through dreamlike and surreal imagery. Figures and objects float against his trademark …

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Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock Winery

Image above: Jimmy Rix  St George and the Dragon II  Corten steel Following on from two hugely successful Art in the Vines …

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Marina Strocchi ‘New York New Work’ at Araluen Arts Centre

Image above: Marina Strocchi  Manhattan III  2019  gouache and acrylic on paper   New York New Work is the outcome of Marina Strocchi’s time …

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Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now

The work of G.W. Bot and Inge King are among 170 artists featured in the recently opened exhibition, Know My Name: …

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Margie Sheppard – Artist Feature

Image above: Margie Sheppard  Monument 2  2017  etching  edition 25  90 x 79 cm ‘Abstraction allows me to glimpse a …

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Artists for Kids’ Culture – Annual Art Auction

Image above: Graham Fransella  Figure and dog  2019  etching  edition 25  20 x 24 cm Artworks by Rosalind Atkins, Graham Fransella, Rona …

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Pam Tippett in ‘Margaret’s House’ – Margaret Olley Centre

Margaret’s pot and vases with paper daisies, 2019, oil on linen on panel, 45 x 45 cm ‘Margaret’s House’ featuring Pam …

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Danielle Creenaune – Artist Feature

The title of Danielle Creenaune’s current exhibition, ‘Fragile States,’ describes a parallel notion of fragility with respect to the state of …

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Rodney Pople – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 20th Anniversary

Images: Rodney Pople, Horse and figure with pom pom, 2020, scrubbed plywood, nails, screws, brass ,acrylic and cotton, string ,wax and pins, 80 …

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RODNEY POPLE ON PAPER: 1980 – 2020

Chair, 1983, pencil on paper, 30 x 21 cm RODNEY POPLE ON PAPER: 1980 – 2020 Australian Galleries (online) 2 – …

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Dianne Fogwell – Artist Feature

‘The elements carved from lino or wood come together as parts of a larger story – some things stay, others …

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