Redland Art Gallery | Many faces of the Australian bush

AUSTRALIANA: Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers exhibition draws on legend and iconography. Picture: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
AUSTRALIANA: Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers exhibition draws on legend and iconography. Picture: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Audiences along the Redlands Coast have a very special opportunity to experience part of a major artwork by leading Australian artist Robert MacPherson.

From Sunday December 8, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will be touring Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers to Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

View a selection from Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers which comprise 2400 individual drawings, all deliberately executed as if by the hand of a ten-year-old.

The project is dated February 14, 1947, and each sheet is stained to give it an aged patina.

Over a 20-year period, Robert MacPherson made these in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a grade 4 student at St Joseph's Convent, Nambour, Queensland.

Pene has a very particular obsession.

He endlessly catalogues boss drovers in portraits that vividly evoke the resilient, determined spirit of the rugged individuals responsible for moving thousands of livestock and teams of stockmen and cooks along the great pastoral stock routes of Australia, travelling over vast distances from station to market, or finding feed and water in times of drought.

They are iconic symbols still very much part of our psyche.

On Friday December 6 at 6.30pmjoin us for the Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers exhibition opening event where Peter McKay, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, QAGOMA will reveal more about the artwork.

For information and bookings visit www.artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/programs/public-programs/or phone 3829 8484.

Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers is on display until January 26, 2020.