Luke Wagner: In His Sleep  - Art Collector

Luke Wagner, As We Travel, 2017, oil and wax on linen, 122 x 183cm. Courtesy the artist and Colville Gallery, Hobart

Luke Wagner is an artist of landscape and genres. This new body of work features his visual response to the literary works of James McAuley.

"I met Norma McAuley in 1986 and came to know her well . I was fortunate to visit the McAuley home in Marsh Street, New Town on many occasions and later spoke with her about the idea of me making paintings from reading her late husbands poems.
I have always kept a copy of James McAuley poems in my studio and over the years often referred to his poems for inspiration particularly for titles of my paintings.

I have chosen to paint the last eleven poems written by James, a series entitled
Time Given, writtern at the age that I am now. They are elegant, simple poems embued with a deep understanding of life and the process of dying.

James died at the age of 59 in October 1976, the book of poems was finished on Christmas Day of the same year.

This exhibition coincides with 100 years since the birth of James McAuley".

-Luke Wagner, Hobart, October 2017

Exhibition Opens: 5.30pm-7.30pm, Thursday 12 October 2017
Exhibition Closes: 29 October 2017
Location: Colville Gallery, 91 Salamanca Place, Hobart TAS 7000
Contact: +61 3 6224 4088
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