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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Rosalind Atkins, Jenny Bell & John Wolseley – Earth Canvas Touring Exhibition

Image: Jenny Bell, Lifeblood, vinyl on hoop pine, 15 panels, 182 x 732 cm (overall) Earth Canvas Touring Exhibition featuring Rosalind Atkins, Jenny …

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The Long Run #3 – John Wolseley on Revealing Landscapes for 60 Years

For over 60 years John Wolseley has been visiting, capturing and sharing his experience of landscapes. But what does it …

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Nature Nurturing Art Exhibition: WAMA Project

Image above: Heather Shimmen  Cry  2008  linocut on paper and organza  edition 15  88cm x 70cm WAMA Foundation Inc. presents Nature Nurturing …

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Dianne Fogwell: In Conversation with the Artist

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Rona Green: Just Hanging Around

Image above: Rona Green  Pascal  2017  hand coloured linocut  57 x 57 cm Rona Green is renowned for her strikingly …

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Lorne Sculpture Biennale: Cocktail Party & Fine Art Auction

Image above: Terry Matassoni  What took you so long  2001  lithograph  16 x 21 cm In late January 2021, Lorne …

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Belynda Henry – Arts-Matter Interview

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Nick Howson – Melbourne bollards

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‘First Light: the art of Peter Kingston’ – S.H Ervin Gallery

Image: Peter Kingston, Lady Herron II (2014), oil on canvas, 111 x 141cm First Light: the art of Peter Kingston …

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National Gallery of Australia – Mandy Martin acquisition

Congratulations to Mandy Martin’s whose powerful and large-scale painting Wanderers in the Desert of the Real: Wallerawang Powerstation has recently …

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Peter Wegner – Before Hand – The private life of a portrait

This wonderful portrait of Professor Graeme Clark by Peter Wegner is now showing in the exhibition Before Hand – The private …

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Jimmy Rix – Parliament House Art Collection acquisition

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, SAM

Images: Beetles, bugs and butterflies, charcoal, paper, timber, glass, 7 domes, dimensions variable Jennifer Keeler-Milne’s beautiful work comprised of double …

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