Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Rodney Pople’s Creative Mind …

Rodney Pople ‘Bushwalkers’ – Endangered series 2016 (John Gay with Robin Gray with denuded hillside and threatened species on the leash…)

Rodney Pople 2016 ‘I am the Walrus’ endangered series (as depicted by Pople with John Gay and politicians chained together in the history of Tasmanian Forestry)

Rodney Pople … in front of a painting depicting an orgy at the altar … which led to protests outside the gallery displaying his works in Sydney …


Port Arthur …

The ‘shark’ as part of the Bellini Altarpiece: RODNEY POPLE Bellini Altarpiece, 2009, oil and archival photographic media on linen Tryptich – each panel 200 x 132 cm

Rodney’s vision of the Legislative Council …

I have a confession to make: I love Rodney Pople’s amazing art. The way he takes on established authority … whether it be politics in Tassie or the power of established religion. Or the way he remembered Port Arthur …

Rodney Pople’s latest exhibition – currently showing at Despard Gallery – depicts the link with politicians, John Gay (Gunns) and the debacle that has been forestry in Tasmania. Couldn’t have been timed better … Robin Gray is back in the news here in his ongoing feud with Eric Abetz, Examiner: Former premier Robin Gray says Abetz has to go

Tassie Times reported the 2012 exhibition thus:

Sydney based artist Pople has been a regular visitor to Tasmania over many years. Born in Launceston, Pople studied at the Tasmanian School of Art.

The artist has not shied away from controversy in his work, in 2009 dozens of protesters picketed his Sydney Gallery over the use of pornographic imagery set among Church alter pieces in Venice; interestingly the same paintings exhibited at Despard Gallery only drew one written protest stuffed under the door….

Pople’s Glover Prize winning entry was titled “Port Arthur”.

It depicts a figure with blond hair standing on the road holding a rifle, the reference to Martin Bryant gives the painting a truly haunting presence and will no doubt raise the controversy about censorship in art – historically artists have depicted violence in war, sexual exploitation and man’s vulnerability as seen from their perspective, Rodney in his practice consistently uses historical references in contemporary paintings.

Pople’s inclusion of Bryant set among one of the bloodiest and most violent prisons of our colonial past is a grim reminder of a terrible event in Tasmania’s history.

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie … apart from a few years in Pomland where he edited ‘Buzz’ for five years, a magazine dealing with church and social issues [beaten in audit circulation only by Aero Modeller magazine (Specialist Interest category)]; and a brief stint as a Uni chaplain …

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  1. Lynne Newington

    July 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Considering, I sometimes wonder at some of Michelangelo’s artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, one can’t imagine the cardinals in all their fine [red of all colours] regalia celebrating High Mass with some of those depictures over their heads ……….I guess they become immune after while.

  2. Claire Gilmour

    July 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm


    Low truck traffic??? Fair dinkim? What a load of toss. I’ve counted 10 – 15 log trucks going past Rocky Cape in the space of 15 minutes, whilst waiting for a bus. To even imagine from the southern forests into Hobart central will be less than that is nothing but a lie in my experienced opinion.

    Told you FT’s new stratergerm was politicalgerm … a continuation of a political germ.

    Ha, the government reckons they are saving the public from floods, fires … but continue to make legislation, do deals that lower the value of your properties and wreck your lives!!!!!

    Ultimately I believe Gutwein is tossing his woodchip load onto a small political bandwagon … because besides a couple of blow in’s from the mainland who bought plantation land the vast majority of people who own land (especially long term farmers) are so against forestry and what they do privately and stately!

    Stick that in your file Gutwein!

  3. Claire Gilmour

    July 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Very apt artwork, love it. Thanks Linz for bringing it to attention.

    Shocked at Robin Gray’s opinion on Eric Abetz! Wow! never saw that Examiner article – so thanks again Lindsay for bringing it out.

    Looks like there has been some long term infighting within the Libs of Tas, whilst both (above) were in my opinion, short changing the state.

    Whilst Robin Gray was SOOO wrong on SOOO many levels, he’s right about Abetz!

    As one of those who voted below the line – Abetz is the LAST candidate one could EVER vote for!

    And just by the by, only very recently got the new 3 year plan from Forestry delivered to my inbox ….

    Interesting how FT have coded the burnt plantations and forests – soon to be FT strategized …! Or is that political influence once again? …

    Ps very recently met and talked to Tony Mulder, interesting to see where he is going …

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