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

In News October 12, 2020

For over 60 years John Wolseley has been visiting, capturing and sharing his experience of landscapes. But what does it mean to create and innovate over six decades? And what can Wolseley teach us about the life-stages of an artist?

Art Guide Australia’s newest podcast series The Long Run considers this question with artists who have had careers spanning 60 years, each reflecting on their art and lives.

In this most recent episode, John Wolseley is interviewed from his home in regional Victoria, telling us what having a 60-year practice feels like, and whether he’s optimistic about the future.

He talks about how he came of age when England was coming out of World War II, and his experience of growing up on a farm and later attending boarding school. The artist also talks about studying under prestigious artists, what it takes for a landscape to capture his attention, and how he balances an environmental awareness in his work without being didactic.

Moving to Australia from England in 1976, John Wolseley is known for immersing himself in an environment before painting it, capturing landscapes ranging from the mountains in Tasmania, to wetlands and rivers, to the floodplains of Arnhem land. Known as a great storyteller, Wolseley captures worlds that invite engagement with nature and the environment.

Listen to the episode below, or click here for more information.