Image: Philip Wolfhagen Night BeaconV1 2005 oil and beeswax on linen, 200 x 210 cm
National Gallery of Victoria Collection
A survey of the Tasmanian painter Philip Wolfhagen, whose landscapes establish a midpoint between sweeping Romantic panoramas and flinty abstractions. Wolfhagen’s motifs, glowing in suggestive darkness or suffused with a mild grey-and-blonde radiance, relate to the far-Southern latitudes of Australia. Substantial in scale and richly impastoed, they relate equally to post-minimal painters like Brice Marden and Sean Scully and to post-Fred Williams and post-Colin McCahon Australasian landscape.
Illumination is a Newcastle Art Gallery and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery travelling exhibition assisted by Australian Government funding through the Australia Council.