Rose Farrell & George Parkin Asutralian, b. 1949

Rose Farrell (1949-2015) & George Parkin (1949-2012) were the leading contemporary artists based in Melbourne, Australia and exhibited worldwide. Since 1985, they created dramatic photographic tableaus with imagery of secrets and mysteries from which their iconography has evolved.  


Farrell & Parkin’s intellectual and labor-intensive working process is fascinating. They were antiquarians who researched the history of lost knowledge; they were designers and fabricators of scenic props such as huge drawings and life-sized papier mache furniture or figures.

Rose Farrell

1949    Born, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

1986    Diploma of Photography [Fine Art], Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

1971    Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane.

2015    Died, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


George Parkin

1949    Born, Corowa, N.S.W., Australia.

1983    Bachelor of Arts [Graphic Design], Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.

2012    Died, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.



Associação Cultural de Fotografia e Cinema de Braga, Colecção dos Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal.

Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium.

Polaroid Corporation, Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Hospitalfield House, The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust Collection, Arbroath, Scotland. Centre d’Exposition de Val-d’Or, Video Collection, Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada.

National Gallery of Australia, Kodak (Australia) Fund, Canberra, A.C.T. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, N.S.W.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, N.S.W. Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, N.S.W. Artbank, Sydney, N.S.W.

Albury Regional Art Gallery, Albury, N.S.W.

National Gallery of Victoria, Margaret Stewart Endowment and Hallmark Cards Fund, Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria, Fashion & Textiles Collection, Melbourne, Victoria.

Vizard Foundation Collection, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Victoria. Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne, Victoria.

Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, Victoria.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria. St Martin’s Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria.

Queensland Art Gallery, 1990 Moet & Chandon Art Acquisition, Brisbane, Queensland. Griffith University Art Collection, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland. Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Queensland.

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

City of Fremantle Art Collection, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Western Australia. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.