Philip Wolfhagen is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary landscape painter. Philip Wolfhagen creates images that are mysterious and somber in mood, produced with thickly applied pigment. They are inspired by the atmospheric landscape of northern Tasmania and the emotive qualities of light and weather. The son of a woolgrower, he grew up in the Tasmanian Midlands. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, from 1983 and from 1986 to 1987, at the Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Sydney in 1990. His art frequently makes reference to the work of John Constable, seeking to transpose Constable’s oil sketches into contemporary idiom. Like Constable, he likes to paint places he knows best, a landscape that is personal, a landscape nearby his home.
Wolfhagen is an artist of conviction. He seeks the immutable qualities in landscape, those elements to which human beings seem evolved to respond emotionally. In doing so, he creates works of art that impress deeply and lastingly in our minds.
Wolfhagen’s work is held in major public and corporate collections in Australia and in private collections nationally and internationally, with the largest national public collection of his work currently owned by Newcastle Art Gallery, which held a survey exhibition in 2013. His work was included in the 2013 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, ‘Australia’, the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in the UK.
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