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Biography

1963             Born in Tasmania
1987             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Centre for the Arts, the University of Tasmania, Hobart
1990             Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1990–95        Lived and worked in Sydney
                     Currently lives and works in Tasmania
 

Solo Exhibitions

2017             Hinterlands, Bett Gallery Hobart

2016-17       Transformations: the art of Philip Wolfhagen, QVMAG, Launceston

2016             Re-visions, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2015             Tracks and Traverses, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

                     Other Worlds, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2014             Landscape Reinventions, Melbourne Art Fair, with Bett Gallery Hobart

2013             Illumination; the art of Philip Wolfhagen, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW;
                     Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart; Drill Hall Gallery ANU, Canberra;
                     Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD; Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW; Hamilton Art Gallery, VIC

                     Propositions, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2012             The Indelible Blue Line, Bett Gallery, Hobart

                     A Procession of Shadows, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2011             Four Exaltations, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2010             The Extended Journey, Bett Gallery Hobart

                     A Painter’s Landscape, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2009              Journey to the Source, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

                     Out of The Garden, Philip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane

2007             Vapour Trails, The Australian Embassy in Washington DC, USA

                     New Deliriums, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2006             Luminary Traces, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart

                     Night Visions, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

2005             Night Beacons, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2004             The Inner Edge, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

                     The Inner Edge, Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing  Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston

                     Noctiluca, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart

                     Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston

2003             Archipelago, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston

                     Shifting light, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2002             high ground, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

2001             Winter Journeys, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

2000             converging planes, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

                     Liawenee Exploration, Bett Gallery Hobart

1999             Cross Sections, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1998             Surface Tension, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

1997             Six Level Seas and Four Recollections, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

                     Plateaux, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1996             lluminations, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

1995             Vanishing Points, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1994             Passages, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

1993             Elevations, Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, Devonport; Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1992             Illusory Fields, Series 2, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1991             Illusory Fields, Syme Dodson Gallery, Sydney

1990             The Stages of a Delirium, Syme Dodson Gallery, Sydney

                     The Path of Least Resistance, Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017             Strange Trees, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2016             Panorama, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria

                     Strangers in a Strange Land, Poimena Gallery, Tasmania

2015             Becoming, National Self-Portrait Prize, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane

                     When the Ocean Turns to Dust, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW 

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2014             The Skullbone Experiment: A Paradigm of Art and Nature, QVMAG, Launceston; COFA  Galleries, Sydney

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                     Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin

                     Tasmania Landscape, Academy Gallery, SVPA, Launceston

                    Sublime Point: Landscape in Painting, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

                    40 Years, 40 Paintings, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2013             Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London

                     Poets & Painters 2013, Bett Gallery Hobart

                     Tasmania Today, Academy Gallery, SVPA, Launceston

                     Nah Und Fern – Landscape Painting in the 21st Century, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2012             Hits & Memories: 10 years at the Academy Gallery, Academy Gallery, Launceston

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2011             Curious Colony: A twenty first century Wunderkammer, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     New Romantics, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria

                     25 Years – An Unfolding Journey, Bett Gallery Hobart

                     Basic Instinct, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

                     Indelible, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

                     C20 – 100 years of Australian art from the TMAG collection, TMAG, Hobart

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2010             Curious Colony: A twenty first century Wunderkammer, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                     What Surrounds Me, Dominik Merch Gallery, Sydney

                     In Partnership, Academy Gallery, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Launceston, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport

2009             Four Tasmanian Painters: Burns, Keeling, Wastell, Wolfhagen, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth, WA in association with Bett Gallery Hobart

                     New Gallery Artists, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2008             Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                     Time and Place: Selected works from the TarraWarra Museum of Art collection, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria

                     The Green Zone, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania

                     Contemporaneous; Australian Contemporary Painting 1, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2007             Wonderful World, The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

                     Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2006/07       From an Island South, Asia Link Touring Exhibition; Lahore, Pakistan; Kuala Lumpur; Bangkok

2006             Australia and Constable, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

                     Senses of Place: Art in Tasmania, 1970-2005, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

2006             Salon, Bett Gallery Hobart

2005             Rhapsody 21C: Tasmanian Contemporary Art, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania

2004–05       Great Escapes , Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

2004             Frank Saxby Acquisitions, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW

                     Tidal, Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS

2003             Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC

                     Depth of Field, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

                     Painting Tasmanian Landscape, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

2002             Extreme Landscapes, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney (with Philip Hughes)

2001             Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (first prize)

                     Five Painters, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

                     Aspects of Tasmanian Art, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston

                     Between Phenomena: The Panorama in Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

                     Poets and Painters, Bett Gallery Hobart

2000             Through the Landscape, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

                     Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1999             distance, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney

1998             1998 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney

                     Contemporary Australian Art from the Tamar Collection, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

                      Leading the Way: 1997–98 Acquisitions Exhibition, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW

1997             Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, Temple of Earth Memories, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; national tour

                     ANON, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

                     Site and Sensibility: A Selection from the Artbank Collection, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     The Horizon Line, King Street Gallery, Sydney

1996–98       Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney; regional gallery tour

1996            Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; national tour

                     Brushing the Dark: Recent Art from Tasmania, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart;
                     Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide;
                     Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth; Brisbane Civic Gallery & Arts Centre, Brisbane;
                     Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS; Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

1995-96       Blundstone Contemporary Art Award, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston;
                     Penrith Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Waverley City Gallery, Melbourne

1995             The Artist's Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

                     Windows on Australia I, Australian Embassy, Tokyo

                     Figure/Ground, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

                     Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     Storehouse, Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart

                     Hidden Treasures; Art in Corporate Collections, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     Group Show, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

1994             Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

                     Rommix, ROM Gallery, Sydney

1992             Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW (first prize)

                     Seven, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

                     Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1991             Microcosm, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney

1989            The October Show, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

                     Genius Loci: Spirit of Place, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart; RMIT, Melbourne

1988             Thinly Veiled Threats, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart

                     12th International Print Biennale, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Cracow, Poland

                     Fragments of False Houses, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London


Collections

Artbank
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria
Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, NSW
Castlemaine Art Gallery, Victoria
Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS
Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria
Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Melbourne, London
Muzeum Narodowe W Warsawie, Poland
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS
Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
The Australian Club, Sydney
The Adelaide Club, Adelaide, SA
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
University of Tasmania, Hobart
University of Technology, Sydney
 

Commissions, Grants and Prizes

2017            Winner, Lloyd Rees Art Prize

2010             Commissioned work for the Newcastle Chest, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2007             Winner, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2001             Winner, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney

2001             Awarded the Centenary Medal, for contribution made to the Arts

1998             Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne

1997             Royal Women’s Hospital, Sydney

1996             Illuminations, Australia Council, VACB Project Grant

1995             Sydney Grammar School Fellowship in Art, Sydney

1993             Elevations, Australia Council, VACB Project Grant

1990             Art for Public Buildings Scheme, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, Hobart Project for     Unknown Landscapes, Murray High School, Queenstown, Tasmania

 
 

Selected Bibliography

Tim Winton, ‘The Island seen and felt: some thoughts about landscape’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

Jane Clark, ‘Painting memory’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

Craig Judd, ‘Tasmania enhanced’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

Sarah Johnson, ‘The studio as sanctuary’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

Jane Stewart, ‘Philip Wolfhagen: full circle’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

William Wright, ‘The matter of painting’, Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen, publication, Newcastle Art Gallery 2013

John McDonald, ‘Head in the clouds’, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, July 13-14, 2013

Christopher Allen, ‘Distant Vistas’, Review, Weekend Australian, July 20-21, 2013

Humphrey Clegg, 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, National Gallery of Victoria, 2012

Simon Gregg, New Romantics – Darkness and Light in Australian Art, Gippsland Art gallery, Australian Scholarly Publishing

Miriam Kelly, Philip Wolfhagen Autumn equinox; the loss of the sun, Artonview, Issue 61 Autumn 2010, National Gallery of Australia

Christopher Allen, ‘The Big Picture’, The Weekend Australian, May 1-2, 2010

Christopher Heathcote, Patrick McCaughey, Sarah Thomas, Encounters with Australian Modern Art, Hermann Editeurs, Paris France, 2008

Peter Timms, Gatecrashing the sublime, Artlink Vol 28 No 2, 2008

John McDonald, Studio: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity, R. Ian Lloyd Productions. 2007

Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986-2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006

Anne Gray. ‘Australia and Constable’, catalogue essay, Constable: Impressions of Land Sea and Sky, NGA, March 2006

Peter Timms, Philip Wolfhagen (a Tasmanian Monograph presented through Arts Tasmania), Craftsman House, Melbourne 2005

Malcolm Bywaters, Rhapsody 21C: Tasmanian Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, 2 – 27 May 2005

Gillian Serisier, ‘The art of collectives’, Australian Art Market Report, no. 14, December 2004 – February 2005, pp. 30–32

‘Philip Wolfhagen’, Artlink, vol. 24, no. 3, 2004, p. 93

Terry Ingram, 'Feeding feeding at show’, Saleroom, Australian Financial Review, 12 August 2004, p. 20

David Hansen, 'Philip Wolfhagen', Art & Australia , vol. 42, no.1, spring 2004, pp. 90–95

Maria Rae, ‘Gallery director in love with history’, Examiner News, 12 June 2004

Philip Wolfhagen, Noctiluca, artist’s statement, Bett Gallery Hobart, May–June 2004

Laura Murray Cree, ‘Beauty and hidden agendas’, State of the Arts, July–September 2003, pp. 80–82

Susan McCulloch, ‘An earthy masterpiece’, Weekend Australian, 19–20 April 2003

Bridget Arkless, Philip Wolfhagen: Archipelago, exhibition catalogue, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, February 2003

Benjamin Genocchio, ‘Residues of space’, Weekend Australian, 29–30 June 2002

Michael Hutak, ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’, Australian Art Collector, issue 15, 2001

Dinah Dysart & Jackie Dunn, Artbank: Australian Art in Public Places, Artbank, 2001

Robert Nelson, ‘The “death of painting” a little premature’, Age, 22 September 2001

Peter Clarke, ‘Picture perfect’, Country Style, June 2001

Georgia Warner, ‘Critics put Tassie artist in elite club’, Mercury, 16 January 2001

Deborah Hart, ‘Uncommon world’, artonview, issue 23, spring 2000

Bruce Roberts, ‘A fish-like boat in a water-like landscape’, Island magazine, winter 2000

Laura Murray Cree & Nevill Drury (eds), Australian Painting Now, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1999

‘Waxing lyrical in Tasmania’, Australian Art Collector, issue 8, April–June 1999, pp. 24, 26

Susan McCulloch, ‘Guy Abrahams: Dealer in optimism’ Australian Art Collector, issue 7, 1999

Joanna Mendelssohn, ‘Liquid landscapes from the island state’, Australian, 12 June 1998

Nevill Drury, Surface Tension, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 1998

Deborah Hart, ‘Temple of Earth Memories’, catalogue essay, Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, 1997

Sebastian Smee, ‘180 degrees of separation’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 20–26 June 1997

Victoria Hammond, 'Landscape and memory in Tasmania', Art & Australia, vol. 34, no. 2, summer 1996, pp. 210–219

Victoria Hammond, 'Painting the spirit of place', 40° South, no. 5, December 1996

Giles Auty, 'Southern sojourn', Australian, 26–27 October 1996

John McDonald, 'Becoming what one is', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1996

Amanda Meade,  'It starts with a message', Australian, 18 October 1996

John McDonald, 'Peaks of inspiration', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May 1996

Colin Simpson, 'Challenging winners – to corner cutters', Bulletin, 27 February 1996

Marie Geissler, ‘Banking on art’, Qantas Club Magazine, February 1996, pp. 40–43

Giles Auty, 'Sparkle of sweet success', Australian, 17–18 February 1996

Victoria Hammond, Brushing the Dark, exhibition catalogue, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, touring exhibition, January 1996

David Hansen, 'My dog, your car, our art collection', Art Monthly Australia, July 1995

Bronwyn Watson, 'Treasures from the corporate world', Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January 1995

Felicity Fenner, 'Sublime horizons', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 1994

Courtney Kidd, 'Landscape as metaphor in the art of Philip Wolfhagen', Contemporary Art Tasmania Magazine, issue no. 5, 1994

Richard Stanford, 'Heightening the senses', Elevations, catalogue essay, Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, September 1993

Christopher Allen, 'Seven at Ivan Dougherty Gallery', Asian Art News, September–October 1992

Nick Waterlow, Seven, exhibition catalogue, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992

Jacques Delaruelle,  'Small is beautiful', Sydney Review, January–February 1992

Jacques Delaruelle, 'In search of the modern soul', Sydney Review, November 1991

Elwyn Lynn, 'Into the landscape of space exploration', Weekend Australian, 12–13 October 1991

Elwyn Lynn, 'Idol worship at the altar of abstraction', Weekend Australian, 27–28 October 1990

David McDowell, 'Hobart: Philip Wolfhagen at Salamanca Place Gallery', Art & Text, no. 36, 1990

Nick Waterlow, Genius Loci: Spirit of Place, exhibition catalogue, Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1989