Rodney Pople

The rape of Tasmania, 2017

oil on plywood

90 x 120 cm

From the artist

The environmental and political strands of a landscape are closely intertwined: the environmental reveals a bulldozed and cleared section of the Styx Valley; the political suggests two figures, John Gay, once CEO of Gunns Ltd, and former Premier of Tasmania, Robin Gray. Across the world, the willingness of politicians to demonstrate leadership in the face of climate change is compromised by the economic power of the very industries that need shutting down.

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