Image above: Rodney Forbes Return of the Moth Man 2021 oil on canvas 46 x 35 cm.
Rodney Forbes is showing a series of his works in the solo exhibition Signs & Wonders at Glenn Green Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Rodney Forbes lives in Gippsland, the greenest part of Australia. It’s a place of primeval forests dominated by the majestic mountain ash tree, the largest flowering plant in the world, and home to koalas and lyrebirds.
“He grew up in the historic seaport of Williamstown, training as an electronics technician on ships, which left him with an enduring love of the sea. As a young man, he traveled overland from Australia via Kathmandu to Europe and his later research work in storytelling has led to visits to Sioux and Navajo communities as well as collaborative work with Australian Indigenous artists, academics and storytellers.
“Forbes’ paintings combine full-bore colour, intriguing spatial manipulations, humour, and insightful observation of everyday life. They employ surreal juxtapositions which invite the viewer to attach their own stories and to reexamine their own sense of wonder. His works reward those who live with them, unfolding new layers of meaning over time.
“His work is held in the collection of the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, Regional Galleries and numerous private collections in Australia and internationally. He is an Honorary Research Fellow 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. He was the winner of the 2020 Australian Maritime Art Award.”
To read more about and view a selection of works by Rodney Forbes, click here.
Rodney Forbes: Signs & Wonders
Glenn Green Galleries
136 Tesuque Village Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506 US
27 July – 31 October 2022
Rodney Forbes The war that never went away 2022 oil on canvas 35 x 71 cm.
Rodney Forbes Night of the chook thief 2021 oil on canvas 50.5 x 50.5 cm.
Rodney Forbes Camouflage 2021 oil on canvas 30.5 x 61 cm.
Rodney Forbes Girl in a Tree With Lighthouse 2022 oil on canvas 40.5 x 40.5 cm.