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PHILIP WOLFHAGEN
Born 1963, Launceston, Tasmania

Philip Wolfhagen is, quintessentially, a painter of the Australian landscape, one whose work has been exclusively absorbed into his private obsession with Tasmania, the terrain of his personal origins. 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.

While Philip Wolfhagen’s work only came to the attention of Australian critics and collectors in the early 1990s, he is already regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding landscape painters. His work was represented in the Moët and Chandon Touring Exhibition (1996–97); Australian Perspecta: ‘Between Art and Nature’ (1997); ‘The Artist’s Garden’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1995); and ‘Windows on Australia 1’, Australian Embassy, Tokyo (1995). His monumental, six-panel painting, Archipelago, 2003, the result of working ‘en plein air’ for twelve days on Deal Island in Bass Strait, won exceptional critical and popular acclaim.

Philip Wolfhagen’s 2004 solo exhibition, ‘The Inner Edge’, shown at Sherman Galleries, Sydney, and the Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, included his most abstracted landscape paintings to date. Writing in the catalogue, art critic Peter Timms said: 'It is, I think, the real daring of Philip Wolfhagen’s atmospheric essays on the agricultural northern Midlands area, where he lives, that they complicate our emotional and intellectual responses to pastoralism, cutting through the rhetoric of both environmentalists and farmers, while cheerfully snubbing the snow-capped-mountain clichés of the tourist industry … These are paintings not only about the love of nature but the nature of love.'

Philip Wolfhagen’s work is held in major public and corporate collections in Australia and in private collections nationally and internationally.

BIOGRAPHY
1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Centre for the Arts, the University of Tasmania, Hobart
1990 Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1990–95 Lived and worked in Sydney
Currently lives and works in Tasmania

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 Night Visions, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Luminary Traces, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart
2005 Night Beacons, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2004 The Inner Edge, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
The Inner Edge, Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston
Noctiluca, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart
Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston
2003 Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston
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 Goodhope, Sydney
Liawenee Exploration, Bett Gallery Hobart
1999 Cross Sections, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Surface Tension, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1997 Six Level Seas and Four Recollections, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
Plateaux, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1996 Illuminations, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1995 Vanishing Points, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1994 Passages, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1993 Elevations, Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, Devonport, Tasmania; Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1992 Illusory Fields, Series 2, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
1991 Illusory Fields, Syme Dodson Gallery, Sydney
1990 The Stages of a Delirium, Syme Dodson Gallery, Sydney
The Path of Least Resistance, Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Winner)
2006 Australia and Constable, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Senses of Place: Art in Tasmania, 1970-2005, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2005 Rhapsody 21C: Tasmanian Contemporary Art, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania
2004–05 Great Escapes , Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
2004 Frank Saxby Acquisitions, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW
Tidal, Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS
2003 Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC
Depth of Field, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Painting Tasmanian Landscape, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
2002 Extreme Landscapes, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney (with Philip Hughes)
2001 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (first prize)
Five Painters, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Aspects of Tasmanian Art, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston
Between Phenomena: The Panorama in Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
Poets and Painters, Bett Gallery Hobart
2000 Through the Landscape, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston
Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1999 distance, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
1998 1998 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney
Contemporary Australian Art from the Tamar Collection, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston
Leading the Way: 1997–98 Acquisitions Exhibition, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
1997 Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, Temple of Earth Memories, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; national tour
ANON, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Site and Sensibility: A Selection from the Artbank Collection, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
The Horizon Line, King Street Gallery, Sydney
1996–98 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney; regional gallery tour
1996 Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; national tour
Brushing the Dark: Recent Art from Tasmania, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide; Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth; Brisbane Civic Gallery & Arts Centre, Brisbane; Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS; Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston
1995-96 Blundstone Contemporary Art Award, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston; Penrith Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Waverley City Gallery, Melbourne
1995 The Artist's Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Windows on Australia I, Australian Embassy, Tokyo
Figure/Ground, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Storehouse, Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart
Hidden Treasures; Art in Corporate Collections, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Group Show, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1994 Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Rommix, ROM Gallery, Sydney
1992 Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW (first prize)
Seven, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1991 Microcosm, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1989 The October Show, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston
Genius Loci: Spirit of Place, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; RMIT, Melbourne
1988 Thinly Veiled Threats, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart
12th International Print Biennale, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Cracow, Poland
Fragments of False Houses, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London

COMMISSIONS, GRANTS AND PRIZES
2007 Winner, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2001 Winner, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney
1998 Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne
1997 Royal Women’s Hospital, Sydney
1996 Illuminations, Australia Council, VACB Project Grant
1995 Sydney Grammar School Fellowship in Art, Sydney
1993 Elevations, Australia Council, VACB Project Grant
1990 Art for Public Buildings Scheme, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Hobart Project for Unknown Landscapes, Murray High School, Queenstown, Tasmania

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW
Devonport Gallery & Arts Centre, TAS
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
New England Regional Art Museum
University of Tasmania, Hobart
University of Technology, Sydney
Muzeum Narodowe W Warsawie, Poland
Artbank
Derwent Collection, TAS
Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Melbourne and London
Pat Corrigan Collection, Australia
Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
Tamar Collection, Launceston
Esk Collection, TAS

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Katrina Strickland, 'A fleeting moment when the sky fills with meaning', Saleroom, Australian Financial Review, 17 May 2007, p. 44
Michael Reid, 'Philip Wolfhagen', The Art Oracle, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2007
'Winners', Artnotes, Art Monthly Australia, no. 198, April 2007, p. 45
Celia Lendi, ‘Salon’, Australian Art Collector, issue 38, October – December 2006, p. 343
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House (Thames and Hudson), Melbourne, 2006
Anne Gray. ‘Australia and Constable’, catalogue essay, Constable: Impressions of Land Sea and Sky, NGA, March 2006
Malcolm Bywaters, Rhapsody 21C: Tasmanian Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, 2 – 27 May 2005
Gillian Serisier, ‘The art of collectives’, Australian Art Market Report, no. 14, December 2004 – February 2005, pp. 30–32
‘Philip Wolfhagen’, Artlink, vol. 24, no. 3, 2004, p. 93
Terry Ingram, 'Feeding feeding at show’, Saleroom, Australian Financial Review, 12 August 2004, p. 20
David Hansen, 'Philip Wolfhagen', Art & Australia , vol. 42, no.1, spring 2004, pp. 90–95
Maria Rae, ‘Gallery director in love with history’, Examiner News, 12 June 2004, p. ?
Philip Wolfhagen, Noctiluca, artist’s statement, Bett Gallery Hobart, May–June 2004
Laura Murray Cree, ‘Beauty and hidden agendas’, State of the Arts, July–September 2003, pp. 80–82
Susan McCulloch, ‘An earthy masterpiece’, Weekend Australian, 19–20 April 2003
Bridget Arkless, Philip Wolfhagen: Archipelago, exhibition catalogue, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, February 2003
Benjamin Genocchio, ‘Residues of space’, Weekend Australian, 29–30 June 2002
Michael Hutak, ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’, Australian Art Collector, issue 15, 2001
Dinah Dysart & Jackie Dunn, Artbank: Australian Art in Public Places, Artbank, 2001
Robert Nelson, ‘The “death of painting” a little premature’, Age, 22 September 2001
Peter Clarke, ‘Picture perfect’, Country Style, June 2001
Georgia Warner, ‘Critics put Tassie artist in elite club’, Mercury, 16 January 2001
Deborah Hart, ‘Uncommon world’, artonview, issue 23, spring 2000
Bruce Roberts, ‘A fish-like boat in a water-like landscape’, Island magazine, winter 2000
Laura Murray Cree & Nevill Drury (eds), Australian Painting Now, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1999
‘Waxing lyrical in Tasmania’, Australian Art Collector, issue 8, April–June 1999, pp. 24, 26
Susan McCulloch, ‘Guy Abrahams: Dealer in optimism’ Australian Art Collector, issue 7, 1999
Joanna Mendelssohn, ‘Liquid landscapes from the island state’, Australian, 12 June 1998
Nevill Drury, Surface Tension, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 1998
Deborah Hart, ‘Temple of Earth Memories’, catalogue essay, Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, 1997
Sebastian Smee, ‘180 degrees of separation’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 20–26 June 1997
Victoria Hammond, 'Landscape and memory in Tasmania', Art Australia, vol. 34, no. 2, summer 1996, pp. 210–219
Victoria Hammond, 'Painting the spirit of place', 40° South, no. 5, December 1996
Giles Auty, 'Southern sojourn', Australian, 26–27 October 1996
John McDonald, 'Becoming what one is', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1996
Amanda Meade, 'It starts with a message', Australian, 18 October 1996
John McDonald, 'Peaks of inspiration', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May 1996
Colin Simpson, 'Challenging winners – to corner cutters', Bulletin, 27 February 1996
Marie Geissler, ‘Banking on art’, Qantas Club Magazine, February 1996, pp. 40–43
Giles Auty, 'Sparkle of sweet success', Australian, 17–18 February 1996
Victoria Hammond, Brushing the Dark, exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, touring exhibition, January 1996
David Hansen, 'My dog, your car, our art collection', Art Monthly Australia, July 1995
Bronwyn Watson, 'Treasures from the corporate world', Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January 1995
Felicity Fenner, 'Sublime horizons', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 1994
Courtney Kidd, 'Landscape as metaphor in the art of Philip Wolfhagen', Contemporary Art Tasmania Magazine, issue no. 5, 1994
Richard Stanford, 'Heightening the senses', Elevations, catalogue essay, Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, September 1993
Christopher Allen, 'Seven at Ivan Dougherty Gallery', Asian Art News, September–October 1992
Nick Waterlow, Seven, exhibition catalogue, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992
Jacques Delaruelle, 'Small is beautiful', Sydney Review, January–February 1992
Jacques Delaruelle, 'In search of the modern soul', Sydney Review, November 1991
Elwyn Lynn, 'Into the landscape of space exploration', Weekend Australian, 12–13 October 1991
Elwyn Lynn, 'Idol worship at the altar of abstraction', Weekend Australian, 27–28 October 1990
David McDowell, 'Hobart: Philip Wolfhagen at Salamanca Place Gallery', Art & Text, no. 36, 1990
Nick Waterlow, Genius Loci: Spirit of Place, exhibition catalogue, Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1989














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