Philip Wolfhagen

Rising Drift, 2002
oil and beeswax on linen
62 x 79.5 cm (overall)

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Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Acquired by the present owner in 2002

Philip Wolfhagen – High Ground, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, 7 – 29 June 2002, cat.5

"Philip Wolfhagen is, quintessentially, a painter of the Australian landscape, one whose work has been exclusively absorbed into his private obsession with Tasmania, the terrain of his personal origins. His work is physical, dense in its application, sombre in mood and tonality, the result of a deeply experienced, enduring engagement with an ancient, yet eternally living subject." (

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Philip Wolfhagen was born in 1963 in Launceston, Tasmania. He completed a BFA at the Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania before completing a Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University.

Wolfhagen is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Bett Gallery, Hobart and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane. He has held in excess of twenty-five solo exhibitions on the primary market. Wolfhagen's work follows a long tradition found in Australian art of depicting the Australian landscape. His work would have to be one of the most sought after by collectors amongst contemporary artists working today. In 2013 the artist's first major touring exhibition was mounted; 'Illumination: the art of Philip Wolfhagen' was presented by the Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.