Rod Moss is unafraid to confront the dark underbelly of Australian society. Appropriating compositions from the Old Masters and religious paintings, Moss unflinchingly depicts the impact of alcohol and violence, contrasted with tender romantic moments of family life and cultural traditions.
Moss was awarded a M.F.A. from Monash University in 1995. Among his solo exhibitions are The Hard Light of Day, South Australian Museum, Adelaide (2010) and Columbus State University, Georgia (1999). He participated in Contemporary Australian Art, Ian Potter NGV, Melbourne (2004); and Sounds of the Sky – 200 Years of Non-Indigenous Visual Responses to the NT, NT Museums Survey, Darwin (2006).
Moss was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction in 2011 for his first memoir The Hard Light of Day. Moss’s second memoir, One Thousand Cuts: Life and Art in Central Australia was launched in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery in 2013
Works are held in numerous collections including the Parliament House Collection, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney and Charles Darwin University, Darwin.