Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Luke Wagner

Born in Hobart in 1962, Luke Wagner is an artist that follows his heart. After initially embarking on a science-based career in the early 1980s, a mix of planned and serendipitous events led to him becoming immersed in the art world. Captivated by his new-found career, Wagner has developed a unique style that reflects the universal, whilst capturing the essence of Tasmania’s haunting landscapes. It incorporates timeless Arcadian moods, imbued with classical echoes that entice the viewer to explore.

 

Although Wagner is renowned for his surreal and stylised landscapes, his work often integrates figurative and still life genres that provide a catalyst to convey his intent. Luke gets much of his inspiration from his beloved Tasmanian landscape, where he spends many hours absorbing its nuances and power. He then returns to the tranquillity of his peaceful bushland studio near Hobart to create works that are filtered through his memory.

 

Working intuitively, he reorders what he has seen and experienced into his own perceptive and thought-provoking visual language. Luke Wagner has won numerous awards and his work continues to grow in popularity. Since his first sell-out exhibition in 1994, he has held a further 24 successful exhibitions in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. A self-taught painter, Luke has allowed his individualistic and personal approach to his work to flourish. He continues to explore many themes and ideas and says that his intent is ‘to make meaningful and worthwhile art that engages the viewer in a poetic and honest way’.

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2012 Frontier , SOHO galleries , Sydney
2011 Nightset , Colville Gallery , Hobart
2011 Savour , Henry Jones Art Hotel , Hobart
2010 This waking life , Colville Gallery , Hobart
2009 Surface, Cube Gallery, Hobart
2009 Incarnation, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2008 Between the lines ,The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2008 Home before dark, Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney
2007 Time, and again, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2006 From the inside out, Libby Edwards Galleries, Sydney
2006 Telling stories, The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2005 Somewhere to be, Libby Edwards Galleries, Melbourne
2005 A sense of place, Crown Casino, Melbourne
2005 Time and Truth, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2005 Some of the time, Libby Edwards Galleries, Brisbane
2004 Summer Paintings, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2004 Second Sight, Brian Moore Galleries, Sydney
2004 Looking for Patterns, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2003 Essence, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2002 Harvest still life works, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2002 Recent Paintings, Brian Moore Gallery Sydney
2001 Earthly Intrigue, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2000 Indelible, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
1999 Still, Salamanca Collection, Hobart
1997 Shadow and Identity, Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart
1997 Sense and Memory, Wadi Gallery, Sydney
1996 Emblem, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
1995 Thinking outside the square, Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart
1994 A richness of purpose, Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart
 

 

Group Exhibitions

2011 Tattersalls Art Award , Brisbane , Finalist
2010 Tattersalls Art Award , Brisbane , Finalist
2009 The Cigar Box Show Arifakt Gallery Deloraine
2007 Glover Prize finalist
2006 Tattersalls Art Award, Brisbane
2006 Art at the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne
2005 Tattersalls Art Award, Brisbane
2001 Island Postcards, State Library of Tasmania
2000 Jill Richards, Gallery Sydney
1999 Bathurst Cup Exhibition, Royal Tennis Club, Hobart
1998 The Christmas Show, Despard Gallery, Hobart
1997 Pride and Prejudice, Despard Gallery, Hobart
1996 Statement of the times, Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart
1995 The alternate show, Sidewalk Gallery, Hobart
 

 

Prizes

1999 Central Highlands Art Award
1996 Circular Head Art Award (Island art prize)
 

 

Collections

  Hutchins School Foundation Art Collection
  State Government of Tasmania
  Hobart Royal Tennis Club
  Central Highlands Council Collection
  Devonport Regional Art Gallery
  State Library of Tasmania
  Health Insurance Commission of Australia
  Tascorp
  Sydney Royal Golf Club