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Robert MacPherson Boss Drovers – QAGOMA Touring Exhibition

  • Fri 1st May 2020, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 1 Barolin St, Bundaberg Central QLD 4670
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Robert MacPherson

Boss Drovers

QAGOMA Touring Exhibition



This touring installation of 200 drawings is only a fragment of the 2400 individual sheets Robert MacPherson made over two decades that together form the single huge work ‘BOSS DROVERS’ 1996–2014.

Boss Drovers demonstrates several aspects of MacPherson’s practice, especially the way he plays with ‘traditional’ aspects of art, such as landscape, portraiture and the authority of an artist’s signature. Each sheet includes the portrait and name of a boss drover responsible for moving livestock and teams of stockmen along the great pastoral stock routes of Australia.

MacPherson’s collected pages reveal poetic markers of places and people whose identities and life in the country are in danger of fading from view. The droving occupation itself is now almost a relic, as generations of horseriding ringers are replaced by trucks on our highways, and families move off the land.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery – 1 Barolin Street

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm + Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Image: Robert MacPherson, 1000 Frog Poems: 1000 Boss Drovers (“Yellow Leaf Falling”) For H.S. (detail) 1996-2014, graphite, ink and stain on paper, 2400 sheets: 30 x 42.5cm.


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