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Philip Wolfhagen

One of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters, inspired by the emotive qualities of light and weather and the atmospheric landscape of northern Tasmania

About

Philip Wolfhagen was born in 1963 and raised on farms in the Isis Valley and Longford in northern Tasmania. He remains in Longford today, painting the places he knows and loves – those that are meaningful to him.

Philip is recognised as one of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters. He is inspired by the atmospheric landscape of northern Tasmania and the emotive qualities of light and weather. His work is physical, dense in its application, sombre in mood and tonality, the result of a deeply experienced, enduring engagement with an ancient, yet eternally living subject.

Philip has held over 35 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth WA and Washington DC. In 2013 a survey exhibition covering 25 years of Philip’s work, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen was staged by Newcastle Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum Art Gallery, which then went on to tour nationally.

In 2013 Philip was included in the major survey exhibition Australia held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the first exhibition of Australian art to be staged at the RA since 1963. He has participated in numerous other group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Philip’s work is held in major public and corporate collections in Australia and in private collections nationally and internationally.

Amongst his various awards and achievements, Philip was the Winner of the Wynne Prize in 2007 and the Redlands Westpac Art Prize in 2001. He was also awarded the Centenary Medal, for contribution made to the Arts in 2001.

CV

Select items from years 2000 onwards, click here to view Philip’s full CV.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 – Four Exaltations, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2012 – A Procession of Shadows, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2010 – The Extended Journey, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2010 – A Painter’s Landscape, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2009 – Journey to the Source, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2009 – Out of the Garden, Philip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane
2007 – Vapour Trails, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC
2007 – New Deliriums, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2006 – Luminary Traces, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart
2006 – Night Visions, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 – Night Beacons, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2004 – The Inner Edge, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 – The Inner Edge, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2004 – Noctiluca, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2004 – Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2003 – Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2003 – Shifting light, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2002 – high ground, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 – Winter Journeys, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2000 – converging planes, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2000 – Liawenee Exploration, Bett Gallery, Hobart

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2012 – Hits & Memories, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2011 – Curious Colony, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2011 – New Romantics, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
2011 – 25 years – An unfolding journey, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2011 – Basic Instinct, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2011 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2011 – Indelible, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2011 – C20: 100 years of art from the TMAG collection, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
2010 – Curious Colony, Newcastle Region Art Gallery
2010 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2010 – What Surrounds me, Dominik Merch Gallery, Sydney
2010 – In Partnership, Academy Gallery, Launceston and Devonport Gallery, Devonport
2009 – Four Tasmanian Painters, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth
2009 – New Gallery Artists, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2009 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2008 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2008 – Time and Place, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
2008 – The Green Zone, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2008 – Contemporaneous, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria
2007 – Wonderful World, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide
2007 – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2006/07 – From an Island South, Asia Link Touring Exhibition; Lahore, Pakistan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand
2006 – Australia and Constable, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2006 – Senses of Place, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2006 – Salon, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2005 – Rhapsody 21C, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2004/05 – Great Escapes, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
2004 – Frank Saxby Acquisitions, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree
2004 – Tidal, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
2003 – Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton
2003 – Depth of Field, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2003 – Painting Tasmanian Landscape, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2002 – Extreme Landscapes, Sherman Galleries, Hargrave, Sydney
2001 – Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2001 – Five Painters, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 – Aspects of Tasmanian Art, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2001 – Between Phenomena – The Panorama in Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2001 – Poets and Painters, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2000 – Through the Landscape, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston
2000 – Uncommon World, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 

SELECTED AWARDS
2007 – Winner, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2001 – Winner, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney
2001 – Awarded the Centenary Medal, for contribution made to the Arts

 

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