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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Mary Tonkin – ‘The Ranges / 3 Perspectives’ at Burrinja

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John Wolseley – The National 2021: New Australian Art at MCA

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Still Life – Lewis Miller

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Geoffrey Bartlett – Maribyrnong Commission

Installation is currently underway of a major commission by Geoffrey Barlett for the Maribyrnong River. Geoffrey shares with us his …

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Cameron Hayes – Artist Profile

Image above: Cameron Hayes  In the South Pole the explorers were so afraid of not having enough food for winter …

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Cameron Hayes’ Paintings Speak of Human Frailty and Insecurity

Image above: Cameron Hayes  She died in the child welfare tribunal, he died in an adult bookshop  2020-21  oil on …

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Andrew Antoniou – Interview with Richard Morecroft – ‘Theatre of Dreams’ April 2021

Above image: Andrew Antoniou in his studio Richard Morecroft recently met with celebrated artist Andrew Antoniou, to talk about his …

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Pressing Matters Magazine – Danielle Creenaune

Cover image courtesy of Pressing Matters Magazine Danielle Creenaune has recently been featured in the print making magazine, Pressing Matters, …

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S.H. Ervin – Tree of Life: a testament to endurance

Above Image: Mary Tonkin, ‘Madre, Kalorama’, 2008, oil on linen, 244 x 508 cm.   Australian Galleries Artists G.W. BOT, …

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