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

PAST EXHIBITIONS

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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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Home/Work – Glenn Morgan

Glenn Morgan’s work is currently on view in a public art exhibition at the soon-to-be-completed State Library Station, Franklin Street …

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Artists’ Book Award 2021 – Glenda Orr

Congratulations to Glenda Orr who has been presented with a highly commended award in the 2021 Artists’ Book Award for …

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Philip Noakes – 20th Anniversary Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Image above: Philip Noakes  Eclipse I  2019  Britannia silver and sterling silver (1503gms)  30 x 29 x 6 cm and …

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Sculpture By the Sea – Greg Johns

Congratulations to Greg Johns, who has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to exhibit …

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Making Marks: Australia to Afghanistan – Counihan Gallery

Rosalind Atkins and Heather Shimmen have been involved in a long-distance international arts exchange project between a group of twenty …

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Heather Shimmen in ‘FEM-aFFINITY’ – Arts Project Australia

‘If Collaboration Is the Method, Activism Is the Intention’ FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project Australia and wider …

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Finalists in Dobell Drawing Prize #22

Above image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Wattle, 2020, charcoal on paper prepared with acrylic,  114 x 180 cm     A huge …

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2021 Burnie Print Prize Finalists

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Silent falls: Carrington  2020  stone lithograph and chine colle  52 x 43 cm Congratulations to the …

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Cameron Hayes – Blake Prize 2021

Image above: Cameron Hayes  Angry angels help Adam with the first dictionary  2020  oil on canvas  198 x 254 cm …

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Camie Lyons – Interview with The Grace Tales

Camie Lyons recently sat down with The Grace Tales‘ Georgie Abay for an intimate conversation about art and life. Throughout …

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