Robert Wynne – Glass Artist

ROBERT JAMES WYNNE

Born    1959 Yarram Victoria, Australia

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work portrays contrasting impulses within. I love the challenge of technical precision but I need to be able to play and explore. I enjoy making beautiful objects but I am not afraid to create pieces that evoke emotions more complex than just aesthetic appreciation. In some ways I’m an anarchist, I’m not happy when things are just comfortable. I am restless, always looking for an angle and this is reflected in a body of work that is quite diverse.

Having said this, there are common threads running through my work. I love the gorgeous glow of light through frosted glass and have a fascination with lustrous, iridescent finishes; particularly with the way that light is manipulated, reflected and transmitted. I take inspiration from a broad range of influences including historical glassmaking practices and formal sculptural dialogue. My recent work featuring the Raven and other birds engages with themes of desire, the fragility of wealth and the concept of security.

Wynne’s career has spanned over 30 years. In that time his work has appeared in many significant collections, publications and exhibitions. Below is a summary of his career so far.

EDUCATION

1982 – 1983 Master of Arts in Art California State University, Chico California USA
1981 Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts Monash University (Gippsland IAE), Churchill VIC Australia
1977 – 1979 Diploma of Visual Arts Monash University  (Gippsland IAE), Churchill VIC Australia

SELECTED SOLO, GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2015 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2015 Kirra Illuminating Glass Award Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2014 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
2014 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2014 Kirra Illuminating Glass Award Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2013 Masters in Blown Glass Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2013 Light in Winter Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2012 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2012 Global + Local Museum of Fine Arts,
St. Petersburg  Florida USA
2011 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2011 Masters of Glass The National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
2011 Light in Winter Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2010 Finalist  Woollhara Small Sculpture Prize Woollahra Municipal Council,
Double Bay NSW Australia
2010 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
2010
2010
Masters and Mentors
Light in Winter
Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2010 Masterworks in Miniature Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2009 The Kerfoot Collection The National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
2009 Art in Glass Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
2009 Collect London Saatchi Gallery, London UK
Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2008 Windows on Pain ABN Amro Building, Sydney NSW Australia
2007 Contemporary Art Glass Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2007 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2007 Art London Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2007 Finalist City of Hobart Art Prize 07 Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery,
Hobart TAS Australia
2007 Vessel Masterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
2006 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
2006 Qdos Glass Show Qdos Gallery, Lorne VIC Australia
2006 Ethereal Light Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2005 Shima Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2005 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2005 Material Instincts Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
2005 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
2005 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2005 Solo Exhibition Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
2004 Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
2004 Terrain Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT Australia
2004 Collect Victoria and Albert Museum
Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW  Australia
2004 Solo Exhibition Arte Gallery, Palm Desert California USA
2004 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2003 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2003 Elemental Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2002 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2002 Singapore Contemporary Art Fair Represented by Soho Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001 Invitational Exhibition Louisville Glassworks, Kentucky USA
2001 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001 Antipodean Blends Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2001 Glass Art Australia Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001 Australian Glass…The Cutting Edge Axia Modern Art, Melbourne VIC Australia
2000 Colonial to Contemporary Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
2000 Quadrivium’s Finest Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2000 Australasian Glass 2000 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
2000 Vibrant Visions Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio USA
1999 Australian Studio Glass Lisbon Portugal
1999 Solo Exhibition Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
1999 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1998/99 Latitudes II Tour Exhibition Latitudes – Gallery Himawari, Seto Japan
  Bullseye Connection, Portland USA
  The Australian National University School of Art Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
  Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD Australia
  Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide SA Australia
1998 Glass Masters Qdos Gallery, Lorne VIC Australia
1997 Glass Sculpture Solo Exhibition Golden Canvas Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1995/6 Latitudes Latitudes – Bullseye Connection, Portland Oregon USA
  Latitudes – Craftspace Sydney and ACT Crafts Council Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
1995 S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1994 Australian Glass Show Contemporary Art Niki, Tokyo, Japan
1992 Solo Exhibition Golden Canvas Gallery, Balmain Sydney NSW Australia
1992 Work selected for the Australia Shop World Expo, Seville Spain
1990 Australian Crafts 1990 Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne VIC Australia
1988 4th National Studio Glass Exhibition Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW
Australia
1988 Invitational Exhibition Glass Australia ’88, Gas & Fuel Glass Award Meat Market Craft Center, Melbourne VIC Australia
1984 Solo exhibition Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
1984 Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft Denmark

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Hobart TAS Australia
Private Collection of Bill Clinton New York USA
Private Collection Sir Elton John UK / USA
Prince Hirohito
Royal Family Collection
Tokyo Japan
Museum of Art Mobile Alabama USA
New Federal Parliament House Canberra ACT Australia
Powerhouse Museum Sydney NSW Australia
Lang Walker Fine Art Collection Sydney NSW Australia
Victorian State Craft Collection Melbourne VIC Australia
Latrobe Valley Regional Arts Centre Morwell VIC Australia
Queensland Contemporary Art Gallery Brisbane QLD Australia
National Glass Collection Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
Rockhampton Art Gallery Rockhampton QLD Australia
Art Bank Sydney NSW Australia
Wentworth Rydges Hotel Sydney NSW Australia
Glasmuseum Ebeltoft Denmark

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2014
2014
Ausglass Review Winter 2014
The Australian, 05 Jun 2014, Arts & Entertainment, page 16
2007 Object Magazine Issue 51
2006 Ranamok Glass Prize
2005 Ranamok Glass Prize
2005 Australian Glass Today  by Margot Osborne, Australia
2005 Craft Arts International No. 63
2005 Material Instincts – Manly Art Gallery and Museum
2004 Ranamok Glass Prize
2003 SOFA Chicago
1999 This Side Up – glass journal, The Netherlands
1998 Latitudes – Bullseye Glass in Australia
1997 Masters of their Craft by Noris Ioannou, Australia
1995 Australian National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
1995 Australian Studio Glass by Noris Ioannou, Australia
1988 Classics Exhibition Catalogue, Crafts Council of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia
1985 Ausglass magazine review of MGM Gallery Exhibition

GRANTS

2004 Austrade – GRANT
1998 Thomas Foundation – GRANT
1982 Crafts Board of the Australia Council – GRANT
1981      Crafts Board of the Australia Council – GRANT

AWARDS

2014 Recipient of the inaugural Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries,
Melbourne VIC Australia
2014 Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
2010 Finalist  Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council,
Double Bay NSW Australia
2010 Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
2006 Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
2005 Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
2004 Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia