Luke Wagner: Recent Memories, Tasman Island - Art Collector

Luke Wagner, ‘Summer Heat, Tasman Island’, 2018. Oil and wax on linen, 77 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Colville Gallery, Hobart.

Luke Wagner has been working and exhibiting over the past 25 years, holding over 40 solo shows in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. Most recently he has been a finalist in The Hadley’s Prize, The Glover Prize and the Tattersalls Prize with a commendation in 2015.

Having recently spent time on Tasmania’s remote Tasman Island, he is exploring the landscape, history and wildlife of the island by deconstructing the picturesque into his own visual motifs. The original vegetation on Tasman Island would probably have been a dense forest of banksia and she-oak. A few old specimens still remain as clearing and grazing converted much of the plateau into a windswept mosaic of grassland, shrubland and sedgeland.

Seabird numbers and species diversity appear to have significantly increased following the removal of the last of the feral cats in 2010 by Wildcare Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund. A wide variety of birds have been recorded, a mix of resident and transient species which can easily move, seasonally and even daily, to and from mainland Tasmania for feeding and breeding. The island also has an abundant seabird population; including significant Fairy Prion and sooty shearwater colonies. Each of the 38 species of birds are depicted together with a sonogram of its bird song.

Exhibition opens: 5.30-7.30pm Friday 27 July 2018
Exhibition closes: 7 August 2018
Location: Colville Gallery 91 Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS
Phone: +61 3 6224 4088


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