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Talking with Painters

Hear Philip Wolfhagen in conversation with Maria Stolijar where he talks about the importance of the colour wheel, mixing paint and the influences that guide his practice. Maria's podcast, Talking With Painters is an insight into Philip's studio practice. Listen now to the podcast on the link.


Reveries - Solo Exhibition in Brisbane

Philip Wolfhagen's new body of paintings for his solo exhibition with Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane have now arrived at the gallery. The exhibition will open on the 15 October and closes 9 November 2019. Philip will be at the opening on Friday 18 October. Please contact the gallery if you would like to preview the works.

Philip Bacon Galleries, 2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia Email info@philipbacongalleries.com.au                Phone +61 7 3358 3555

Experimental Garden No. 5, oil and beeswax on linen, 62 x 204cm


Wolfhagen awarded Highly Commended at the Hadley's Art Prize

Philip Wolfhagen is a finalist in this years Hadley's Art Prize. His work Approaching the cusp was selected from 630 entries. On Friday night he was one of four artists to be presented with the Highly Commended Award by judges Jane Clark, Raymond Arnold and Susan McCulloch.

Philip's new enquiry is investigating the light on the landscape as the evening closes in.

"I find the approaching gloom of night a visually exciting time; the mutability of light, and inevitable loss that brings on an urgency and serves to heighten all of the senses. The fleeting moment when our perception of colour is almost lost, but the darker forms in the landscape take on a precise tonal weight, is an ongoing area of interest for me."

Approaching the cusp, oil and beeswax on linen, 3 panels 46 x 170cm


The exhibition is currently on show at the Hadley's Orient Hotel in Hobart until 18 August 2019.


Wolfhagen at Sydney Contemporary 18

Philip Wolfhagen will be showing a major new work with Dominik Mersch Gallery at Sydney Contemporary from 13-16 September. The five panel work titled Elegy in Five Parts explores ideas about grief and sorrow. The work can be seen at Booth E08 at Sydney Contemporary, Carriage Works in Sydney. 

Elegy in Five Parts, 2018, oil and beeswax on linen, 5 panels, overall dimensions 120 x 280cm


Artist Profile in the latest issue of Art Collector 

Philip Wolfhagen's new multi-panel paintings for his upcoming exhibition 'Elegies', have been featured in the July-September issue of Art Collector in an evocative article written by Briony Downes titled 'In Our Nature' on pages 162 - 167.   

"There is no doubt Wolfhagen is an expert at the atmospheric. He has held a longstanding fascination with the works of 19th century artist Caspar David Friedrich and French Baroque painter Claude Lorrain. His paintings often reflect the [Tasmanian] landscape around him; the grey lilac skies of early morning over pasture or the crackling embers of a distant fire. ... It is a view that has been studied intently by Wolfhagen for more than 20 years."

'Elegies' will open at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney on Thursday 27 September.