The Lounging Roo
I find kangaroos incredibly expressive. Whether contemplating their facial expressions, their stance or their behaviours, I often find myself wondering what they are thinking.
I jokingly call this guy ‘Jack Thompson, Cleo centrefold’ because of his buff arms and lounging pose.
It reminds me of the famous nude spread the Aussie actor did for Cleo magazine back in the ’70s.
Thompson’s controversial shoot was the first in a long line of male centrefolds to appear in the women’s magazine, which was a feminist response to the nudes commonly found in men’s publications.
Funnily enough, the size of a male kangaroos arms is believed to be a factor when it comes to luring female roos and there have been many tongue-in-cheek articles written about how ‘buff’ these animals look.
All jokes aside, the kangaroo is a beloved and iconic Australian animal and after creating my first roo, it just wasn’t possible for me to stop at one.
My collection of kangaroos, which now includes the Eating Roo, Curious Roo and Roadkill Roo, are among my most popular works and have been displayed at many art exhibitions.
They won first prize in the ‘Estate’ category at the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show and the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Lake Light Sculpture Festival in Jindabyne.