What’s going on


‘Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.’

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)


Iris Murdoch and John Bayley, writers, London, June 20, 1998 by Richard Avedon


I’ve got a bit going on at the moment.

The other day I was on the telly. I had been interviewed at the studio talking about my work for a TV program called Inside Art that airs on Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong. You can check out the interview on YouTube if you fancy:



Reference is made in the interview to my painting Bogeyman. He is one of my favourite characters.


Bogeyman, 2011, acrylic on canvas,  213.5 x 127 cm, by Rona Green, hanging out in the studio


Bogeyman was partly inspired by a love of the 1986 cinematic masterpiece Top Gun (which is compulsory viewing if you haven’t seen it already). Here is a taste for the uninitiated:



In particular the gawkishly endearing character Goose was an important touchstone for the creation of Bogeyman.


Goose and Maverick studying hard in Top Gun


Recently I have also popped up in the Blogosphere on Sounds Like Noise, the blog of sensational Jay-Dea Lopez.

Jay-Dea has created an evocative soundscape to aurally compliment my painting Greasy Rhys. It is a must hear so please click here to listen.


Rona Green, Greasy Rhys, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 91.5 cm


Stay tuned for more about Jay-Dea in future as we are concocting a project that will bring together astonishing art and scintillating sound as a special treat for the senses.


Travis Paterson (artist), me, Susi Muddiman (Tweed River Art Gallery Director) and Damian Kelly (Print Council of Australia General Manager)


Familiar Unfamiliar, an exhibition of prints by 45 Australian artists that I curated at the invitation of the Print Council of Australia to celebrate the PCA’s 45th anniversary, is on display at Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, until 12 August 2012.

You can view the Familiar Unfamiliar online catalogue via the Print Council of Australia website by clicking this link.

One of my favourite works in the show is Campfire Stories by Travis Paterson.


Travis Paterson, Campfire Stories, 2011, aquatint, 38 x 28 cm


Travis is also participating in one of my projects, Corporeal, a group exhibition of prints by 23 Australian artists, that will be up on the walls at Geelong Gallery during early 2013. But more about that next year.


Rona Green, The Great White, 2003, lightjet print, 12.7 x 17.8 cm, edition 6


A couple of my artworks, The Great White and The Duke, are part of Sentinels and showboats – milestones in print collecting, at Geelong Gallery, Victoria, running until 9 September 2012.

Prints by quite a few of my favourite artists such as Bea Maddock, Rew Hanks and Heather Shimmen, are included in Sentinels and showboats .

The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Geelong Gallery’s first acquisitive print prize and offers an opportunity to view the collection of award winning works acquired by the gallery over the history of the prize.


Rona Green, The Duke, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 76 x 56 cm, edition 13


Methinks I have blitzed you with enough information so I shall now leave you to enjoy the velvet tones of Marvin Gaye…



Strut your stuff


‘People tend to forget that play is serious.’

David Hockney


Portrait of David Hockney by Andy Warhol


Theodor is one of my favourite prints that I have made.

For me he encapsulates the essence of a cheeky guy up for a bit of fun.


Rona Green, Theodor, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 76 x 56 cm, edition 13


Theodor was inspired by an eclectic mix of things I fancy:


1. Labrador Retriever’s.

These little fella’s pictured are from the Guide Dogs Victoria website.

A couple of my relatives had Labradors for pets and I adored playing with them.


Labrador Retriever’s being serious


2. AC/DC

One of the best rock and roll bands ever.

They were fronted fantastically by the swanky Bon Scott, from 1974-1980, until his unfortunate demise.


The awesome AC/DC


The ballsy Bon Scott


3. Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins.

Master tattooist and all round purveyor of cool.


The spectacular Sailor Jerry


Tasty Sailor Jerry flash


After Theodor was finished I thought he needed a gang so I made him some friends – Crazy Daisy and The Duke.


Rona Green, Crazy Daisy, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 76 x 56 cm, edition 13


Rona Green, The Duke, 2008, linocut, ink & watercolour, 76 x 56 cm, edition 13


A pretty smooth crew if I do say so myself!