Rose was born in the Philippines and with her family emigrated to Australia in 2011 to live on the Southern Downs. As a child she always liked to draw, mostly portraits of her family and friends. After high school she attended the University of Angono Rizal System in the Philippines and studied advertising.
Rose paints almost every day. Painting is familiar and comfortable and like breathing for her. It is an essential part of her life. Some of her influences are William-Adolphe Bouguereau, John Singer Sargent & Gustav Klimt. At present she is working towards a blend of impressionism and expressionism in her art.
This series of artworks depict people in locations on the Southern Downs. There is an emphasis, in several of her works, to interpretation of the scene from a distance giving an air of mystery, while others are open and natural.
Image: Butterfly Dreaming Rose Czarine Albendia Acrylic on canvas
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.
MacPherson was born in 1937 and is celebrated today as a senior Australian contemporary artist, renowned for apparently simple works that gently unfold to reveal something more complex. His works frequently explore overlooked aspects of his subject matter, allowing viewers to gain a more nuanced understanding of the circumstances surrounding a particular situation.
‘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. MacPherson made these drawings in the guise of his alter ego, Robert Pene, a Year 4 student at St Joseph’s Convent in Nambour, Queensland. 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.
The work is simultaneously magnificent in scale and remarkable for its intimacy, and at first seems rooted in a very specific way of representing these rugged bush personalities. However, ‘BOSS
DROVERS’ ultimately opens up like the pages of a book, revealing richly interwoven poetic markers of places and people whose identities and life in the country are in danger of fading from view.
‘Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers’ is a touring exhibition developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
Image: Robert MacPherson Australia b. 1937 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 (each) Purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA