Saint Cloche warmly welcomes back emerging artist Jack Rodgers, with a solo show. Jack focuses on portraiture and paints from found photographs to express nostalgia for events he wishes he had witnessed. Jack’s process begins with research into an event using databases such as the John Oxley Library, Queensland State Archives and The National Film and Sound Archive. He paints people in crowds to explore moments through the eyes of everyday people. The paintings show how a moment can be shared, celebrating the connection between nostalgia and oral history.
"In Pure EnergyI wanted to explore the oral history and mythology of music subcultures. I focused on ‘shocking moments’, the kind of legendary events I would read about in Rolling Stone’s Top Ten lists as a kid. By the time I heard these stories, all context had been worn away and they had been elevated from real, lived experiences to mythic tales. These paintings are made from stories of famous and infamous concerts I wish I got to see first-hand.
The paintings disassemble crowd members into grids, exploring individual faces as studies of significant events, and celebrate rock concert crowds, emphasizing subcultures as agents of social change. Through visual representation and oral history, the portraits challenge stereotypes, ignite conversations, and highlight the transformative power of music and its nurturing impact on subcultures."
Jack Rodgers studied a Bachelor of Fine Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art and graduated with a double major in painting and drawing. Rodgers has been a finalist in The Brisbane Portrait Prize and The Percival Portrait Prize. His work has been in curated exhibitions at Rockhampton Museum of Art in 2022 and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery in 2023.