Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Transposing the Common II - Rodney Pople

National Art School Painting Lecturer Rodney Pople is opening a new exhibition in Shanghai with Zhao Qin on 7 November: Transposing the Common II.

Speaking of his work, Felicity Fenner says, “Our appreciation of historic cultures is influenced by personal experience and perception, by the big and small things that define our place in the world. Foremost among these are religion and sex, which have since the birth of Christianity been intertwined, outwardly denying common ground though inwardly bound by enslavement and temptation. In its citing of altarpiece paintings by Titian and other Western art masters, Pople’s work is a timely reminder that art that speaks of its times must embrace both the sublime and the salacious.”

Born in Australia in 1952, Rodney Pople 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. He has been exhibiting annually since 1978 and has recently won the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, 2008) and the Parliament Art Prize (Sydney, 2009). His work is held in state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia and prominent private collections, including those of Russell Crowe and Spike Jonze.

The exhibition will be held at the Eastlink Gallery, F5 Building 6, 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai China and runs until 21 November 2009