Rodney Forbes, ‘Boy and the River No 1’, 1991, Oil on canvas, 25 x 25 cm image, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Image Credit: Rodney Forbes, Boy and the River No 1, 1991, Oil on canvas, 25 x 25 cm image, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Rodney Forbes, ‘Cup Day’, 1992, Oil on canvas, 111 x 83 cm, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Image Credit: Rodney Forbes, Cup Day, 1992, Oil on canvas, 111 x 83 cm, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection.

Rodney Forbes, ‘Cup Day’, 1992, Oil on canvas, 111 x 83 cm, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Image Credit: Rodney Forbes, Newport with Fogbank, 1989, 122 x 92 cm, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Rodney Forbes, ‘Submarine with Goat and Giantess’, 2010, Oil, acrylic and alkyd on canvas, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

Image Credit: Rodney Forbes, Submarine with Goat and Giantess, 2010, Oil, acrylic and alkyd on canvas, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection

LRG IN CONVERSATION

Rodney Forbes

 

Local artist Rodney Forbes talks to LRG Senior Curator David O’Halloran about his practice and his life in this one on one conversation from the Painting store at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

 

The artist is a story teller about his life and the lives of ordinary working class people. Rodney Forbes uses a flattened perspective as a way of giving equal weight to the many elements and incidents that make up a story. This use of perspective also serves as a map which assists viewers in creating a journey while viewing the artwork.

 

Forbe’s work is his own, but the artist cites being interested in the work of Sidney Nolan, Philip Guston, Stanley Spencer, as well as South American magic realists, like Julio Galan. As a teenager, Forbes was producing cartoons inspired by Robert Crumb.

 

Besides Latrobe Regional Gallery, Rodney’s art can be found in the collections of Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, Albury Regional Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery among others.

 

 

 

 

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