Rodney Forbes (1951-.) Australia

Biographical Information

Rodney Forbes is a painter, educator, curator and writer who lives in Gippsland, Victoria. He was the Head of Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Monash and then Federation University for 8 years and also the Curator of Switchback Gallery.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Federation University Australia. Forbes exhibits at Australian Galleries, Melbourne’s oldest commercial gallery.

He is fascinated by how people tell stories. His work is in figurative narrative painting and uses autobiographical and incident-as-metaphor methods to explore wider issues of knowing and belonging in oral traditions such as working class, childrens’ and artisan subcultures. His work draws on pop, cartooning and joke narrative structures within contemporary culture.

He is interested in the story telling of cultural crossroads such as Chicago, Liverpool and Melbourne, which engender rich cultures of story-painting, cartooning, humour and music. Comparative studies of travellers' and locals' tales are a theme and his work also honours the healing dimension of story-telling and painting.

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.

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. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Cup Day, 1992
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Cup Day, 1992
Oil on canvas board, 50 x 40 cm
The Lowenstein Collection of Modern & Contemporary Australian Art, Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne.
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Jalan Jalan
Oil on canvas, 29 x 29.5 cm
Australian & International Fine Art, Cromwell's Sydney, Sydney.
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