Gifted Works

Rodney POPLE, Endangered 2016 (Upper House, Tasmania) Oil on linen 133 x 201 cm 2016

Rodney POPLE, Endangered 2016 (Upper House, Tasmania) Oil on linen 133 x 201 cm 2016

Kindly donated through the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Felicity Fenner in 2018, this painting  by Rodney Pople is a significant addition to the permanent collection. As with most regional galleries, Burnie Regional Art Gallery has limited means as far as major acquisitions are concerned and particularly to collect works by artists of state and national importance. The opportunity to add a work by nationally recognised artist Rodney Pople is of great importance to the community. This significant donation supports the Gallery’s and the Collection’s ability to tell the contemporary stories of Tasmania.

Endangered 2016 (Upper House Tasmania) exemplifies Pople’s ongoing dismay at the vandalism of Tasmania’s natural environment and abuse of power (an ongoing theme) by what he sees as the Tasmanian parliament’s continued colonial mindset. Although now living in Sydney, Rodney Pople was born and raised in Launceston and continues to have a close connection to Tasmania and the State’s northwest.

Pople’s work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Artbank, and several regional, university and private collections, both nationally and internationally and now with Burnie Regional Art Gallery.