As a painter and photographer Michael Wolfe draws inspiration from the landscape around his home in Castlemaine, Victoria. He has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally and his work is included in public, corporate and private collections.
“I’ve been painting this country for many years and never tire of the rolling hills, granite outcrops, rhythms, textures and colours. There’s order and geometry, but mostly wonderful chaotic confusion. It’s a beautiful, rugged, constantly changing landscape that I love using as a backdrop and motif in my paintings.”
“I’ve often said I’m just happy to get to the next picture, meaning that, over the years there is rarely a huge shift in the form of my paintings. These paintings, which I began in 2019 take a slightly different direction – open, flat areas of colour, collapsed perspective – taking their cues from the fence lines, gullies and hills of the the sheep paddocks of Harcourt, Sutton Grange and Sedgwick.”
“Sutton Grange winds through the rolling granite hills of Central Victoria and over the years I’ve returned again and again to walk, sketch, take photos and paint. The changing seasons from the lush winter and spring grasses to the bleached harsh light of summer provide an inspiring backdrop.”