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As a conceptual and pop artist, a photographer and a painter, as well as an idiosyncratic art critic for two broadsheet newspapers, Robert Rooney wielded influence.
An overview of contemporary Australian art, Sydney’s The National: New Australian Art 2017 includes crucial works by Indigenous artists, Karla Dickens and Archie Moore.
“I have an odd sort of studio, a tiny room in the middle of my house. There are only one or two square metres of space I can actually walk in, the rest is taken up by shelves, desks and equipment.”
His story has been told numerous times across media – often with just a lingering hint of incredulity. Julian Meagher completed a medical degree before embarking on a career as a painter.
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