January 24, 2020
Listen to Maria Stoljar’s insightful interview with Wynne Prize winner Philip Wolfhagen as episode 83 on ‘Talking With Painters’. Hear them discuss beeswax, palette knives, art critics, gardening, and the colour wheel as Philip’s driving principle. Maria has been interviewing renowned Australian artists on her program for over three years, bringing their lives and art to the foreground through absorbing conversation.
Maria begins, “If it had been dusk I would have felt I was driving through a Wolfhagen painting because capturing the landscape surrounding his property is a large part of Philip’s practice. In particular he beautifully captures that moment of twilight, often with a hint of melancholy, through his expert use of colour and superb application of paint. …”
Philip goes on to say, “there’s also an aesthetic delight in having the ground coming through the paint and often the ground is deliberately complementary to the main palette — in my violet blue skies in the most recent big sky paintings, ‘Exaltations’, there was sort of a citrusy-yellow ground that complemented the violets and heightened the colour. And so, it also sets up vibrations in your eye. I don’t know if you’ve studied music, but the use of intervals, certain intervals that heighten one another, … makes the sound exciting rather than a single note.” Hear what music Philip listens to in his studio (which lies just outside Launceston, Tasmania) and more about his explorations of colour and technique on the ‘Talking With Painters’ website.
Philip Wolfhagen portrait photographed by Jesse Hunniford for Art Collector.
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