Philip Wolfhagen at Newcastle Art Gallery

Australian painter Philip Wolfhagen

Illumination The art of Philip Wolfhagen at the Newcastle Art Gallery was well worth the visit. Everything else about my trip into Newcastle today was a disaster, but the exhibition was nice. I had hyped it up in my head before I saw it as I really do love the way Wolfhagen uses paint, so I went in there expecting to be totally blown away! And a few paintings did blow me away, but overall it was just a very good exhibition of landscape paintings rather than the religious experience or art orgasm I had expected.Continue Reading

Archibald Prize Winner for 2007

John Beard has won the Archibald Prize in Sydney. My prediction was wrong, so I’m glad I’m not a gambling man.

The subject of the portrait is the installation artist Janet Laurence.

From this collaboration of artist and artist-as-subject, a kind of double portraiture emerges. If a viewer knows the work of the artist portrayed, another visual layer resonates. Without the use of colour – that might highlight the differences or similarities between his subjects – Beard focuses the viewer’s attention not just on the individual sitter but on the structure of the painting itself. Light plays an important role in the visual dynamic of the image as we literally move around these sculptural works to fully appreciate their form and making.” Archibald Prize WinnerContinue Reading