John Wolseley

b. 1938

Painter, printmaker and installation artist John Wolseley was born in Somerset, England. He studied at St Martins School of Art between 1957 and 1958, the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, in printmaking from 1958 to 1963 and later in Paris between 1961 and 1963. He lived and worked throughout Europe before relocating to Australia in 1976, where he travelled extensively through the outback. He has been artist in residence at studios at Deakin University, Bendigo, the Joye Art Foundation, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and George Cottage Launceston, and has taught painting in Northern Territory Communities since 1978. Wolseley has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and survey exhibitions of his work have been held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Wolseley is the previous recipient of the Geelong Gallery Capital Permanent Acquisition Award in1979, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees watercolour prize in 1982, 1985, 1988, 1995 and 2004; and the Alice Prize in 1982, 1985, 1988, 1996, 2004. He received a bicentennial commission from the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1988, and Australia Council Grant in 1998 and an Honorary PhD in Science from Macquarie University in 2005. His work is represented by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; most state galleries, Parliament House, Canberra; several regional and tertiary collections and internationally in collections in England and Yugoslavia. A monograph of his work was published in 1998, and a collection of artworks accompanied by poetry ‘Lines for birds’ was published in 2011.

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Online Art Auction Fundraiser for the Victorian Forest Alliance – Sue Anderson, John Wolseley and Christine Wrest-Smith

Image above: Sue Anderson  Tree-top Rosellas  2018  lithograph  edition 15  60 x 46 cm Members of the Victorian Forest Alliance, …

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Print-Making in the Collection – Gippsland Art Gallery

Image above: Publication cover detail,  featuring Wayne Viney  Clearing storm  2000  monotype on paper  17.5 x 17.4 cm A number …

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John Wolseley – The National 2021: New Australian Art at MCA

John Wolseley is included in the current exhibition, The National 2021, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. The …

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Maryanne Coutts Morocco Painting Tour

Above image: Indian Sketchbook 1  water colour and gouache  70 cm x 30 cm   Dr. Maryanne Coutts will share her …

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Michael Snape St. Andrews College Commission

Above Image:  Agatha Gothe-Snape and Michael Snape   Become The Part  2022  200 cm x 100 cm x 300 cm  Congratulations …

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Maryanne Coutts and Terry Matassoni Finalists in The 2022 Paul Guest Prize

Above image: Terry Matassoni  Lockdown  2021-22  pencil on paper  76 x 102 cm     Congratulations to Maryanne Coutts and …

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Camie Lyons Sculpture in The Langham, Gold Coast

Above Image: Camie Lyons  ‘Path of a Meandering Soul’  bronze  2021  700 cm x 300 cm   The Langham, Gold …

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Jenny Rodgerson and Christine Wrest-Smith – Finalists in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize 2022

Jenny Rodgerson  Self portrait  2022  oil on linen   Congratulations to Jenny Rodgerson and Christine Wrest-Smith who have been selected …

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Peter Wegner – The Centenarians, Benalla Art Gallery

Peter Wegner  Bill Gregory 2022 Benalla  2022  pencil and beeswax on paper  64 x 48 cm In July, Benalla Art …

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Glenn Morgan and Jenny Rodgerson – Finalists in the Darling Portrait Prize 2022.

Jenny Rodgerson  Vegan in a leather coat  2022  oil on linen Congratulations to Glenn Morgan and Jenny Rodgerson, who have …

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Janet Luxton – Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize People’s Choice Award Winner

Above image: Janet Luxton On Mount Olympus 2022  oil on Belgian linen  150 x 130 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton …

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Colin Lanceley: Earthly Delights – National Art School Gallery

Colin Lanceley  Chablis  1980-81  oil, mixed media and wood on canvas  143 x 220 x 18 cm (Image © the …

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Sue Anderson ‘Keep awesome’ Exhibition at Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Gallery

Sue Anderson  Keep awesome, Tanglewood 2014  oil on linen  90 x 110 cm   Sue Anderson’s solo exhibition Keep awesome …

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