Scapegoat 2007 Rodney Pople
oil and archival photographic media on linen
140 x 182 cm
Rodney Pople (born Launceston 1950) is a high profile artist working across a range of media including painting and photography. He was the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Sulman Prize winner in 2008 and also the winner of the Kings School Art Prize in 2008.
Pople's work is represented in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Queensland Art Gallery.
One of the great strengths of the Albury Art Gallery collection is the representation of Australian photography and photographers post 1985. The collection has grown since 1983 through purchases from the National Photographic Purchase Award. Artists acquired through this Award include works by Max Dupain, Mark Strizic, Lisa Tomasetti, Richard Woldendorp, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Anna Zahalka and Philip Quirk. Each year the range of imagery and media has expanded and each exhibition has brought forth different approaches to the medium from both established and newly emerging practitioners. Nearly 60% of the 1300 works within the Albury Art Gallery collection are of contemporary photographic media.
Scapegoat adds to the constructive and narrative Australian photographic collection and is representative of concurrent themes of society and contemporary culture, as well as showcasing the varied of photography practice and mixed media application.