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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In Blog

Print-Making in the Collection – Gippsland Art Gallery

Image above: Publication cover detail,  featuring Wayne Viney  Clearing storm  2000  monotype on paper  17.5 x 17.4 cm A number …

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Rodney Forbes: In My Life – Gippsland Art Gallery

Image above: Rodney Forbes  Shrove Monday  2010  oil on canvas  122 x 138 cm  (private collection) In a collaboration between …

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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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Danielle Creenaune – Finalist in ‘FLOW’ National Contemporary Watercolour Prize 2021 at Wollongong Art Gallery

Image: Danielle Creenaune  Cascade Falls  watercolour on Saunders Waterford  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Danielle Creenaune who has been …

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Graeme Drendel, Martin King, Lewis Miller, Paul S. Miller and Rodney Pople – 2021 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists

Image above: Rodney Pople  Self portrait after Courbet (2) Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Martin King, Lewis Miller, Paul S. Miller …

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Sarah Tomasetti – Finalist in the Gosford Art Prize 2021

Image: Sarah Tomasetti  From Balpatta IV  2021 oil and incision on fresco plaster with muslin, mounted on stretched canvas  145 …

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David Frazer – ‘The artist turning Nick Cave songs into wood engravings’, Sydney Morning Herald

David Frazer’s latest artist book, Love Letter, has recently been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald in an article written …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2021

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne  Spring Wattle I  2021  oil on linen  92 x 198 cm Congratulations to Jennifer Keeler-Milne who has …

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Chris Ingham at Baldessin Studio

Image above: Chris Ingham  Urban mission I  2019  lithograph  edition 3  76 x 56 cm Printmaker and sculptor, Chris Ingham …

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‘Extinct’ – Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife

Image above: Sue Anderson  Christmas Island Pipistrelle  coloured pencil on paper  30.5 x 22 cm ‘Extinct’ is a recently published book by …

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Angus Fisher – ‘Masterworks II’ at Jonathan Cooper Gallery London

Image: Angus Fisher  Rosellas and Banksias  2021  ink pen and watercolour on paper  76 x 56 cm Angus Fisher has …

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Andrew Antoniou – Finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2021

Image: Andrew Antoniou  Constant Companions  2020  charcoal and conte  130 x 220 cm Australian Galleries are thrilled to announce that …

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Glenn Morgan and Jenny Rodgerson – Finalists in the 2021 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Image above: Glenn Morgan  COVID Melbourne  2020  acrylic on board  130 x 170cm Congratulations to Glenn Morgan and Jenny Rodgerson, …

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