The series was inspired by the property of Australian painter Robert Jacks who lived on the northern slopes of Mount Alexander. There’s order and geometry, but mostly wonderful chaotic confusion. It’s a beautiful, rugged, inspiring landscape which I love using as a backdrop and motif in my paintings.
I’ve been painting the country around Castlemaine for the better part of 30 years and never tire of the rolling hills, granite outcrops, rhythms, textures and colours.
“I saw in this image of the land below me and undreamed-of freedom from formal arrangement. I was thrilled. My country! My own country. Unknown to me. Its history mysterious, inscribed in the hieroglyphics and elaborate arabesques of its unrecognised landforms, waiting to be deciphered. As we shuddered and bumped our way across the uneven sky my inner voice announced to me, No one has painted this. It was a thought that carried for me the force of revelation. No one has painted it. It is uncelebrated. Untouched by my culture. And (what is more) it is undreamed in the dreams of Europe.”
Alex Miller, Autumn Laing
Painter, photographer, designer and handy leg spin bowler, Michael Wolfe likes making pictures and has been doing it fairly seriously for 30 years, he’s a Cancerian who likes pizza and beer. His work is included in public, corporate and private collections.