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The Far North

23 October, 2018 - 3 November, 2018

23 October – 3 November 2018

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
admission: Free

The beauty of these pieces … is in the dramatism of the finished works … The leap of faith that they ask you to take in your own assessment and interpretation.

Australian artist, painter Allan Wolf-Tasker has spent a lifetime studying the Australian landscape. From aerial perspectives along the Great Ocean Road to a drought ridden Victorian countryside; he has always managed to find an optimistic view of Australia’s diverse terrain.

In this most recent exhibition; Allan leaves his studio in Daylesford for the vastly different Far North of Australia, an area he has visited with his wife Alla since the 1970s but never before captured on his canvas. The opportunity to “fully exploit the colour palette” proved too tempting….

“In a sense the subject matter is secondary to the finished effect of these works. I spend considerable time observing, recording and then drafting each image onto the canvas. The aerial perspective from previous exhibitions still plays a major role at times. From that point on though, it is all about the painting. Subject matter will be moved, recalibrated, distorted or even permitted to morph into something else. Representation begins to take a back seat and fun, optimism and determination in the creative process leap to the fore. The beauty of these pieces therefore, if you agree, is in the dramatism of the finished works …. The leap of faith that they ask you to take in your own assessment and interpretation.”

Collectors familiar with his past exhibitions will recognise an evolution in Wolf-Tasker’s painting processes and may be captivated by the increased vigour and brushwork in these latest works.

The Far North, an exhibition of works on canvas and paper by Allan Wolf-Tasker

Allan Wolf-Tasker is a painter living in Australia. His time is spent split between three studios, Melbourne, Wye River and Daylesford. The latter is set amongst the lush gardens of the renowned Lake House hotel, restaurant & spa which he built with his wife and business partner Alla.

Allan’s work has always drawn inspiration from many different fields. Whilst the early years saw strong links with the land, the effect of drought and flood etc there has also been a popular series inspired by the intimate nature of hospitality and a 3 dimensional series of still lives. The most recent paintings reveal a return to the landscape – strong aerial views of coastal waters and also the creek beds throughout Daylesford and spa country.

Exhibitions include group and solo shows in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and New York.

Allan Wolf-Tasker’s work is now represented internationally in both private and public collections.


23 October, 2018
3 November, 2018
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