Rodney Pople

The Lost Glover, 2019

egg tempera on linen

140 x 180 CM

From the artist

Recorded comments by the artist John Glover reveal he was sympathetic to the fate of the first Tasmanians, who were then being displaced, violated and murdered by British colonists. Glover never incorporated this narrative in his paintings, depicting the Aboriginal people as living peacefully with each other and the natural world, their traditional way of life undisturbed by colonisation. This painting re-imagines what a painting by Glover might have looked like had he portrayed a more honest depiction of the Tasmanian landscape. He is shown in the form of the statue by which we know him, standing in front of this speculative painting. The Lost Glover, is set on a museum wall, as if filling a gap in art history.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1952. Lives and works in Sydney. Exhibiting since the 1970s. Winner of Paddington Art Prize 2016 and Sulman 2008. Has been selected for the Blake, Archibald, and Wynne art prizes on many occasions. FInalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2016. Represented in many major public collections.

Represented by Despard Gallery, Hobart & Australian Galleries, Sydney/Melbourne