Philip Wolfhagen’s ‘Concept for Fifth Transect’ is an atmospheric vignette of the Tasmanian Highland landscape that Philip Wolfhagen has been painting for over three decades. Deborah Hart, Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, describes how he “reminds us that these apparently evanescent natural phenomena can convey tremendous dramatic presence and evoke a sense of poetry and music.” These paintings depict landscape at its most transient — somewhere between light, mountains and cloud. Wolfhagen’s signature use of oil paint mixed with beeswax produces catches the light across the panoramic surface.
Philip Wolfhagen is Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary landscape painter. 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.