Rodney Pople in front of his winning work for the Glover Landscape prize. 2012. 'Port Arthur'
Rodney Pople is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, photography and sculpture. He received a Diploma of Fine Arts (Photography) from the Tasmanian School of Art before undertaking postgraduate studies in sculpture at the Slade School of Art in London and the New York Studio School. In 2014 Pople's photo-based paintings were the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. He has exhibited regularly in Australia for over 30 years, and recently also in Berlin and Shanghai. Pople's practice includes public, private and site-specific commissions of a large or small scale.
He is a multi-award winning artist: recent awards include the 2012 Glover Prize, the 2009 NSW Parliament Art Prize, the 2008 Sulman Prize, the 2008 Kings School Art Prize, 2006 Redlands Westpac Art Prize and the 2014 Fishers Ghost Prize for Surrealism. His landscape-based work was Highly Commended in the 2008 Wynne Prize and his portraits have been finalists in the Archibald Prize on 12 occasions since 2000. In 2014 his life and work were the focus of an extended profile story in Good Weekend (Fairfax) by Susan Chenery (photos by Tamara Dean). Pople's work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Artbank, and several regional galleries, university collections, and private collections internationally.