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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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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Julian Twigg – Upcoming Artist Residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle

Julian Twigg is the successful applicant for an artist residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle. In anticipation of his 2023 …

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Camie Lyons – Finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize

Camie Lyons  Stick Figures (keepers)  bronze  in situ at the North Sydney Art Prize Coal Loader site   In the North Sydney …

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2022 Salon des Refusés – Selection announced

Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Michelle Hiscock, Martin King, Glenn Morgan, Mary Tonkin and Christine Wrest-Smith who are included in the …

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David Frazer – Finalist in the International Biennial Print Exhibit

David Frazer  Love letter (panels 1 and 2)  2020  lino-cut  100 x 148 cm   Congratulations to David Frazer, who …

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Angus Fisher & Martin King – Finalists in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Martin King  Tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  dry point, chine colle and hand colouring  168 x 165 cm   …

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Janet Luxton – ‘Feather and Brush, A History of Australian Bird Art’ by Penny Olsen

Janet Luxton  Orange bellied parrot  2016  oil on linen  120 x 156 cm   Congratulations to artist Janet Luxton who …

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Lewis Miller – Finalist in the 2022 Archibald Prize and Rodney Pople – Finalist in the Sulman Prize

Lewis Miller  Deborah Conway  oil on linen  137.5 x 122 cm Congratulations to Lewis Miller who has been selected as …

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Rona Green – Art Almanac Feature

“Whatever I create is a musing on persona, contemplation about individuality and the notion of modification.” – Rona Green We …

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Marina Strocchi – Finalist in the 2022 National Works on Paper

Marina Strocchi  Elgee Park  2022 acrylic on hand made recycled Indian rag paper  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Marina …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in The Kings School Art Prize, 2022

Image at top: Jennifer Keeler Milne  Jacaranda Mimosifolia  2021  oil on linen  92 x 198 cm     Congratulations to …

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