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The Long Run #3: John Wolseley on revealing landscapes for 60 years

Art Guide Australia Podcast

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 third episode Wolseley, one of Australia’s most well-known landscape painters and printmakers, speaks to us from his home in regional Victoria. Moving to Australia from England in 1976, he’s 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. In this episode Wolseley 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. And finally, Wolseley tells us what having a 60-year practice feels like, and whether he’s optimistic about the future.If you like this conversation, you can listen to the first episode where avant-garde painter Gareth Sansom talks about chance in making art, and his feelings on mortality and time; and in episode two hear Wendy Stavrianos discuss her experience of being a female landscape painter. This series is kindly sponsored by Leonard Joel Auctioneers and Valuers, based in Melbourne and Sydney.Produced and presented by Tiarney Miekus, music and engineering by Mino Peric.John Wolseley is represented Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney and Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

32mins

6 Oct 2020

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The Long Run #3: John Wolseley on revealing landscapes for 60 years

Art Guide Australia Podcast

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 third episode Wolseley, one of Australia’s most well-known landscape painters and printmakers, speaks to us from his home in regional Victoria. Moving to Australia from England in 1976, he’s 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. In this episode Wolseley 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. And finally, Wolseley tells us what having a 60-year practice feels like, and whether he’s optimistic about the future.If you like this conversation, you can listen to the first episode where avant-garde painter Gareth Sansom talks about chance in making art, and his feelings on mortality and time; and in episode two hear Wendy Stavrianos discuss her experience of being a female landscape painter. This series is kindly sponsored by Leonard Joel Auctioneers and Valuers, based in Melbourne and Sydney.Produced and presented by Tiarney Miekus, music and engineering by Mino Peric.John Wolseley is represented Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney and Australian Galleries, Melbourne.

32mins

6 Oct 2020

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John Wolseley — Seeing nature through art

The Palmcast

For the past nine years, acclaimed artist John Wolseley has been collaborating with Yolngu artist, Mulkan Wirrpanda, on an exhibition that showcases the abundant edible plants of Arnhem Land. In the exhibition, Midawarr / Harvest, John and Mulkun paint hundreds of native edible plants, each in their own styles. You can explore John's work at www.johnwolseley.netThe Palmcast is created by coworking community, The Corner Palm (www.thecornerpalm.com) and purposeful production house, YAGA (www.yaga.com.au)

52mins

21 Jun 2019

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Architecture in North Korea, Claudia Roden, the Therme Vals, John Wolseley on art and beetles, grids

Blueprint

1hr 19mins

28 Dec 2018

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Ep 46: John Wolseley

Talking with Painters

John Wolseley is one of Australia’s most important artists.  He portrays the Australian landscape and its ecosystems from the roots of a tree to a whole floodplain; from trees, birds and fish to a tiny beetle. Using a variety of techniques, he says he creates a kind of inventory or document of the state of the earth, revealing both the energy and beauty of it. To do that he physically immerses himself in nature, spending long periods at a time camping and observing the country from Tasmania to central Australia to Arnhem land. Wolseley has had over 25 solo shows and the exhibition Midawarr | Harvest is currently travelling around the country. It is a collection of his works and those of aboriginal elder Mulkun Wirrpanda with whom he has developed a special bond over many years. His work is held in most important Australian art institutions and of course many private collections. But probably the most interesting part of our conversation is where he talks about literally collaborating with nature to produce his work. To hear the podcast interview press ‘play’ below the feature photo above. A short video with audio of John talking about his work and video of his Australian Galleries show can be seen on the Talking with Painters YouTube channel and is also below. Current and upcoming events: ‘Midawarr | Harvest: the Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley‘, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, opening 4 August 2018 ‘The Great Beetle Show‘, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, October 2018 Show notes: John Wolseley John Wolseley at Australian Galleries John Wolseley at Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery Nomad Art Gallery Mulkun Wirrpanda at Nomad Art Gallery Midawarr|Harvest: The art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley – National Museum of Australia Jakob von Uexküll Seamus Heaney Heartlands and Headwaters, exhibition by Wolseley at the National Gallery of Victoria Lloyd Rees William Blake John Wolseley talking about watercolour on the Talking with Painters YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FsnMSGU03w

49mins

20 May 2018

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Midawarr (Harvest) artist talk with John Wolseley

National Museum of Australia – Audio on demand program

Date recorded: 13 February 2018. An exclusive insight into the development of the Midawarr | Harvest exhibition and the remarkable relationship John shared with Yolgnu elder Mulkun Wirrpanda.

49mins

15 May 2018

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John Wolseley

ART TALK

A 30 minute conversation with renowned artist John Wolseley, discussing his life and work in Australia. John arrived from England in 1976, & was immediately struck by the environment of this ancient continent. As an artist, the Australian landscape gave John exactly what he was looking for. For thirty years John has travelled extensively throughout Australia & the Asia-Pacific region creating his detailed art works. I spoke with John at the Art Gallery of NSW, during the recent exhibition "A Bird in the Hand". Enjoy.

28mins

27 Mar 2007