TEN New PAINTINGS
Glen Wolfgramm

27 September - 15 October 2016

Glen Wolfgramm has been part of the surge in Pacific art driven by Fatu Feu’u and John Pule, but he’s stood apart, admired by the others while finding his own way through some 10 solo and 8 group exhibitions and awards shows.

Always drawing on something innate, developing a personal notion of what it is to be an artist, intent on creating a visual language through marks and ideas he can call his own, his work draws on something both familiar and apart. Not following Tongan tradition, because he feels less connected than some, but something disconnected, like contemporary Aboriginal artists exploring their own connections and disconnections, Wolfgramm is intent on drawing something from his own place, never specifically, always inventing, pulling the familiar in, covering it over, almost as if the observable should be re-imagined, torn apart, just as New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific islands are from time to time by social and climatic forces. Wolfgramm’s paintings can be read as multiple habitats, cities, buildings, roads and chaos, islands and seas, calm and storm, foliage that is familiar and yet confounding, dense paintings that hold a community of ideas together, only to see them fly apart. The work comes about organically, owing something to Wolfgramm’s diverse histories, both artistic and cultural, but at the same time it comes through his own living history, where he is, who he is, an artist with the currents of the world flowing through him.

The 10 smaller paintings in Wolfgramm's current show can be read like short stories, each one to be observed in isolation, swirling within the current of a larger body of work. Wolfgramm usually works large, sometimes up to 5 meters, but here, he’s crafting something smaller, nets containing his language, pulling it in, weaving images, making it a dense, slow read, perhaps akin to Niuean Hiapo or Tapa, not regularly patterned as they are, but with marks depicting real, and imagined, events.

There, Gone, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Coconut, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

AVAILABLE $3600

Beyond The Dominion Of Doubt, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Toothpaste, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Not For The Faint Of Heart, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Sure Adoration, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Slow Ascent Into Lonerism, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Serpents, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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I Was Just There, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Ducking & Diving, 2016. Acrylic on ink canvas 930 x 460mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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