Raymond Arnold Highly Commended & Rodney Pople a Finalist in the 2024 Glover Prize

Image above: Raymond Arnold

Congratulations to Raymond Arnold, who has been Highly Commended in the 2024 Glover Prize, and to Rodney Pople who is also in the exhibition of finalists.

Image above: Rodney Pople

The John Glover Acquisitive Prize – (Glover Prize) has become one of Australia’s most significant awards for landscape painting and is open to artists from anywhere in the world.

The Glover Prize selected 42 finalists for 2024; which represent the Judges’ selection of the best artworks of the Tasmanian landscape.
These 42 artworks are now on display at the highly anticipated Glover Prize Exhibition in Tasmania

Glover Prize Exhibition of Finalists
8 – 17 March 2024
Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale, Tasmania

To read more about the Glover Prize please click here

To view a selection of Rodney Pople’s works visit our online Stock Rooms here

To view a selection of Raymond Arnold’s works visit our online Stock Rooms here

Rodney Pople – 2023 Mosman Art Prize Finalist

 Rodney Pople High as a kite  2023  oil on linen 153 x 131 cm

Congratulations to Rodney Pople who has been selected as a finalist in the 2023 Mosman Art Prize with his brilliant self portrait, High as a kite.

“This painting is from an ongoing series of self portraits. In particular ‘high as a kite ‘ follows on from my skater painting that was exhibited in the 2004 Archibald. Both paintings owe a debt or homage to Henry Raeburn for his skating painting (early 18th C). In my first painting of the skater painted in 2003 the figure is more striking with glowing blacks of the coat to contrast the ice and sky. The latest work is softer in hues and the head of the figure is almost floating into the sky and the blacks are softer.  I did this to suggest the difference in age from 49 to 70 confronting for me but I was spurred on by Titians comment that painting is an old man’s game.”

The Mosman Art Prize is the longest running and most prestigious municipal art prize in Australia. Winning entries form the basis of the Mosman Art Collection, a valuable and historic collection that surveys Australian painting since 1947.

The Mosman Art Prize is an acquisitive award sponsored by Mosman Council. Previous winners form a roll call of Australian art luminaries; Grace Cossington Smith, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Guy Warren, Margo Lewers, Jenny Sages, Noel McKenna, Cressida Campbell, Jumaadi, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Jasper Knight, Guan Wei, Natasha Walsh and Michael Zavros.

The 2023 Mosman Art Prize exhibition is now showing at
Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman NSW

On view until Sunday 29 October 2023

To view a selection of Rodney Pople’s available works, visit our online Stock Rooms here

2023 Salon des Refusés at S.H. Ervin Gallery

Image above: Mary Tonkin  The shimmer of Spring’s mellowing, Kalorama  2022-23  oil on linen  183 x 248 cm. Photographed by Matthew Stanton.

Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Paul S. Miller, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Glenn Morgan, Rodney Pople, Jenny Rodgerson, and Mary Tonkin, whose works are included in the 2023 Salon des Refusés at S.H. Ervin Gallery.

The Salon des Refusés is the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection from works entered into the annual Archibald Prize for portraiture and Wynne Prize for landscape painting and figure sculpture. Initiated in 1992, this exhibition responds to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize, held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which were not selected for display in the official exhibition.

Each year, the panel is invited to go behind the scenes of the judging process for the Archibald and Wynne Prizes to select an exhibition from the many hundreds of works entered in both prizes but not chosen for the official award exhibition.

Congratulations to our represented artists who were included in this year’s Salon des Refusés for the following works:

Mary Tonkin – The shimmer of Spring’s mellowing, Kalorama

Graeme Drendel – Portrait of Hertha (Hertha Kluge-Pott, artist)

Paul S. Miller  –  Cut to the Bone (self-portrait)

Glenn Morgan – The talented photographer Mr Rod McNicol (photographer)

Rodney Pople – FF descending a staircase (Felicity Fenner, curator)

Jenny Rodgerson – Self Portrait – Stumble

Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Golden Beech


The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most well-known and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year. The Salon des Refusés has similarly established an excellent reputation rivalling the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.

2023 Salon des Refuses
National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road, Millers Point (The Rocks), Sydney
6 May – 23 July 2023

 Of her work The shimmer of Spring’s mellowing, Kalorama, (pictured at top) Mary Tonkin says: “Made in a tree fern gully, this painting began in the first glorious trumpet blast of Spring, when the ferns were plump, vertical and verdant. Then it rained, and rained and rained. The painting continued, between new creeks, and into high Summer as the ferns sagged and shrivelled. It felt as though I was painting with a new awareness of the frailty and brevity of life, the shimmer of its Being.”


Graeme Drendel  Portrait of Hertha (Hertha Kluge-Pott, artist)  oil on canvas  30 x 26 cm.

“Yesterday I had the pleasure of painting and talking with Hertha Kluge-Pott, brilliant printmaker and mentor to so many students over her long life.” – Graeme Drendel

Paul S. Miller  –  Cut to the Bone (self-portrait)  2023  dry brush watercolour and pencil on paper  102 x 132 cm.

Paul S. Millers unique visual language is utterly uncontrived and unobtrusive, his works are profoundly relatable and inspire a poignant emotional response.


Glenn Morgan  The talented photographer Mr Rod McNicol (photographer)  acrylic on board  59 x 121 cm.

Glenn Morgan’s sense of humour, integrity and masterful skill as a storyteller are always present in his works. The honesty and openness in his bright, bustling sculptures immediately engage the viewer and draw us in for a closer look.

Jenny Rodgerson  Self Portrait – Stumble  oil on linen  107 x 168 cm.

Jenny Rodgerson’s figurative paintings are powerful. They embody both a stillness and a potent sense of inhabited presence. In her distinctive self-portraits, the contrast between nuanced light and shade combines with a bold sense of colour to arrive at an arresting resolve that captures the essence, or what Wittgenstein would call, the “whatness” of the subject.

Jennifer Keeler-Milne  Golden Beech (Mt Wilson)  2023  oil on linen canvas  76 x 184 cm.

Golden Beech (Mt Wilson) is a painted response to the overwhelming beauty of the autumn foliage I witnessed last May when I spent a month as artist-in-residence in the Blue Mountains village of Mt Wilson. Beach trees lined many of the streets and captivated my imagination as they literally shone out!” – Jennifer Keeler-Milne

Rodney Pople  FF descending a staircase (Felicity Fenner, curator)  oil on linen  207 x 141 cm.

Rodney Pople is an interdisciplinary artist that works across various mediums such as painting, photography and sculpture. Pople  is a multi-award winning artist who received the 2016 Paddington Art Prize, the 2012 Glover Prize, 2014 Fishers Ghost Prize, 2009 NSW Parliament Art Prize and 2008 Sulman Prize. He was recently a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize, the Muswellbrook Art Prize and the Glover Prize in 2020, as well as the 65th Blake Prize and the Mosman Art Prize in 2018, and has been selected for the Archibald and Wynne Prize over 12 times since 2000.

Rodney Pople – ‘2°’ at Western Plains Cultural Centre

The Art Lesson  2021  oil on linen  210 x 260 cm.


Rodney Pople is currently showing in the exhibition 2° alongside artist Euan Macleod at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.

“Friends and well-known Australian artists Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople were engaged by Western Plains Cultural Centre to visit Dubbo and produce works inspired by the theme of the animal in art, and the animals (and their audiences) at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

“Both artists spent time at the Zoo in 2020-21, observing and sketching the interplay between animals and humans, before returning to their respective studios to produce work for this exhibition. The zoo setting provided a widescreen life-drawing session – the animals going about their daily rituals, watching us watch them; the humans vying for the best view, unwittingly posing for the artists. The resulting paintings explore notions of captivity and freedom, drawing out the absurdity art the heart of our own ideas around dominance and survival.”


Rodney Pople is also currently showing at Australian Galleries, Sydney in the solo exhibition Nursery Rhymes until 30 October. Link to exhibition here


2°: Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople
Western Plains Cultural Centre
76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo NSW 2830
1 October 2022 – 12 February 2023


Nursery Rhymes
Australian Galleries, Sydney
15 Roylston Street, Paddington NSW 2021
11 – 30 October 2022


Parliament  2021  oil over photograph on linen  140 x 200 cm.


The Café  2021  oil on linen  144 x 195 cm.

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 a finalist in the 2022 Archibald Prize and to Rodney Pople, finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Archibald Prize for portrait painting is the country’s favourite and most significant art award. Since 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, reflecting back to us the stories of our times.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture, while the Sulman Prize is given to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and Wynne, and invite an artist to judge the Sulman.

Click here to read more about the exhibition and to visit the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at Art Gallery of NSW.

Exhibition Dates:
14 May – 28 August 2022
Art Gallery of NSW

In late 2021, at a function in Melbourne, artist Lewis Miller and singer-songwriter Deborah Conway found themselves discussing portraiture;

‘She casually suggested that I might paint her for the Archibald Prize. Up to that point, I hadn’t seriously considered entering this year,’ says Miller, who has been an Archibald finalist on 17 previous occasions, and won the prize in 1998 with a portrait of artist Allan Mitelman.
‘Deborah is a talented, thoughtful and strong woman who continues her amazing career in Australian music. I knew she’d been the subject of three Archibald paintings in the past, but I said I’d do it on the condition that it be painted solely from live sittings. She kindly agreed and gave me four sittings, with a break of four weeks between the first and second because of her touring commitments.
‘I am never happy working from photographs or digital images, so I painted the portrait completely from life,’ says Lewis. ‘The pose was decided by Deborah, with me offering a green milk crate and a cushion as a seat. I was surprised at how architectural the milk crate turned out to be.’

Rodney Pople  Dairy country  oil on linen  141.2 x 181.5 cm

‘Displaced from her African home, a lonely zebra seeks refuge on an Australian dairy farm.’ – Rodney Pople, 2022