Boss Drovers
A Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Touring Exhibition
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery

19 January – 5 March 2019

A touring exhibition of works by Robert MacPherson, one of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. The exhibition comprises approximately 200 drawings from the complete set of 2400 portraits that make up his largest ever work, Boss Drovers. Viewers will be encouraged to see this work as MacPherson’s lament for the disappearance of the specialised knowledge, language and history that these working people of the land carried with them. The immense ambition and scope of the project represents 20 years of thought and deliberation by the artist and reflects Australia’s diversity, history and complexity.

Works will be accompanied by a tailor-made digital interactive titled Drove Muster to encourage audience participation and engagement with the artist’s concepts and content. Visitors will be able to discover more about the ‘Boss Drover’ men and women by creating their own drover character using a selection of facial features and accessories drawn from Robert MacPherson’s major work, now in the QAGOMA Collection.

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Macpherson Robert / Australia B.1937 / 1000 Frog Poems: 1000 Boss Drovers (‘Yellow Leaf Falling’) For H.S. (No. 1913) 1996 – 2014 / Graphite, ink and stain on paper / Purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.