Rodney Pople

Rodney Pople (born 6 September 1952) is an Australian visual artist.

Pople was born in Launceston, Tasmania.[1] His works have been the cause of some controversy.[2] Pople studied photography in Tasmania, and sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, London.[3] He teaches at the National Art School in Sydney.[3]

In 2008, Pople won the Sir John Sulman Prize with a work entitled Stage Fright.[4] In 2010, works in an exhibition entitled "Bellini 21c" were the focus of protests.[5] The works included images of Bellini's San Zaccaria Altarpiece overlaid with pornography.[3]

Pople won the Glover Prize for landscape painting in March 2012 with a work that included the figure of Martin Bryant, the convicted perpetrator of the Port Arthur Massacre in the foreground of the landscape of Port Arthur.[6] Later in that year, a work entitled "Degas's Night" which included Degas' sculpture Little Dancer of Fourteen Years on the background of red-light district in Darlinghurst, New South Wales was also the cause of controversy.[2]

He was an Archibald Prize finalist in 2014 and 2015.


  1. ^ a b Fortescue, Elizabeth (15 June 2012). "Rodney Pople: One of Australia's most controversial artists". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Altared state". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ Boland, Michaela (15 September 2010). "'Innocents' protest against art show". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  4. ^ Ogilvie, Felicity (12 March 2012). "Art or exploitation of grief?". PM. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 10 July 2014.