Portraits 2004 - 2019
2004 watercolour and tempera on paper on canvas. 166 x 143 cm Rodney Pople’s self portrait is a homage to Sir Henry Raeburn’s 1748 painting 'Portrait of the Reverend Robert Walker skating'. Raeburn was a Scottish artist known for his portraits of society figures of the day. "I loved the painting and I thought it could make a witty self-portrait", says Pople. "Apart from its elegance and magic, I liked the obvious metaphor of skating on thin ice".
2005 oil on linen 214 x 150 cm Archibald Prize 2005
2006 oil and watercolour on linen 168 x 290 cm Archibald Prize 2006 (SOLD) Artist and curator is a portrait of the artist Rodney Pople and Sydney-based curator Felicity Fenner. The painting takes its inspiration from Gainsborough’s famous portrayal of Mr and Mrs Andrews (c1750). “In its theatrical formality, my painting pays homage to Gainsborough while making irreverent reference to Sydney’s obsessions with real estate."
2007 oil and watercolour on linen 290 x 212 cm Archibald Prize 2007 Collection: Russell Crowe 'Stone cold sober takes its inspiration from French artist Yves Klein’s famous 1960 photographic portrayal of himself apparently leaping from a city building. "For me, it represents not a stunt suggestive of suicide, but an act of over-whelming optimism and faith", says Pople.
2008 watercolour and oil on linen 201 x 270 cm Archibald Prize 2008 'Art is what you can get away with' is a self-portrait by the artist Rodney Pople. The title is a quote from Andy Warhol, a truism that also reflects Pople’s attitude to making art. The quote adorns a t-shirt that Pople purchased from the Warhol exhibition in Brisbane, which he paints himself wearing here. The painting takes its inspiration from Goya’s 'The Shootings of May 3rd 1808'.
2010 oil and archival pigment on linen 210 x 300 cm Archibald Prize 2010 Stelarc is one of Australia’s leading artists, best known in Europe and Japan where he has spent much of his life. A performance artist, Stelarc’s work explores the interface between new technologies and the body. In 1980, he developed a ‘third hand’ powered by the body’s own nervous system.
2011 oil and archival ink on linen 153 x 200 cm Archibald Prize 2011 This is a portrait of Rodney Pople being beheaded by his wife Felicity Fenner, as their two sons look on. The composition borrows unashamedly from Caravaggio’s 'Judith beheading Holofernes' (1598). It has been remodelled here by Pople to create an equivocal family dynamic which accommodates four rather than the original three figures.
2013 oil on linen 170 x 280 cm Collection: Newington College, Sydney
2012 oil and archival ink on linen 150 x 100 cm
2012 oil on canvas 200 x 150 cm
2014 watercolour and egg tempera on linen 210 x 138 cm Archibald Prize 2014
2014 oil and archival ink on linen 133 x 200 cm
2015 Tempera on panel 160 x 120 cm Doug Moran Portrait Prize (highly commended), 2015 Collection : Orange Regional Gallery.
2016 oil on linen 130 x 200 cm
2016 oil and photograph on linen 90 x 140 cm Doug Moran Portrait Prize, 2016
2017 egg tempera on panel 200 x 120 cm Archibald Prize 2017
2017 oil on linen 160 x 100 cm
2018 egg tempera on canvas 212 x 202 cm Salon de Refuses, 2018