FLORA WITH FAUNA
26 AUGUST – 19 SEPTEMBER 2015
In Flora with Fauna Mark Rodda has re-populated his formerly unoccupied landscapes. Animals, people, and creatures now reside in the hills, buildings, and ruins of his enchanted worlds. As the artist explains: “I felt like I was getting lonely in the studio and I needed to paint some friends. It is not clear what these creatures are up too, not even to me. Some are just sitting and waiting for something to happen, while others are in the act of completing a cryptic task.” Drawing on Persian, Chinese and pre-modern western painting, Rodda creates landscapes that are a fantastic blend of traditions and his own imaginings.
Born in Tasmania in 1973, Rodda has held over 16 solo exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and has shown in group exhibitions and festivals internationally and around the country. He was a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2013 and in 2014 won the Glover Prize, Australia’s richest prize for landscape painting.