CV Robert Wynne Glass Artist

Robert Wynne Artist

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 - 1983Master of Arts in ArtCalifornia State University, Chico California USA
1981Graduate Diploma of Visual ArtsMonash University (Gippsland IAE), Churchill VIC Australia
1977 - 1979Diploma of Visual ArtsMonash University (Gippsland IAE), Churchill VIC Australia

SELECTED SOLO, GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2018A Grain of SandRed Moon Contemporary Art Glass Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
2017Review - Masters Of Glass 2017Sabbia Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2016S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2016LAND, SEA & SKYKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2015S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2015Kirra Illuminating Glass AwardKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2014Finalist Ranamok Glass PrizeNational Touring Exhibition, Australia
2014S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2014Kirra Illuminating Glass AwardKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2013Masters in Blown GlassKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2013Light in WinterKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2012S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2012Global + LocalMuseum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Florida USA
2011S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2011Masters of GlassThe National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
2011Light in WinterKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2010Finalist Woollhara Small Sculpture PrizeWoollahra Municipal Council, Double Bay NSW Australia
2010Finalist Ranamok Glass PrizeNational Touring Exhibition, Australia
2010Masters and MentorsKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2010Light in WinterKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2010Masterworks in MiniatureKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2009The Kerfoot CollectionThe National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
2009Art in GlassFramed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
2009Collect LondonSaatchi Gallery, London UK. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2008Windows on PainABN Amro Building, Sydney NSW Australia
2007Contemporary Art GlassKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2007S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2007Art LondonRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2007Finalist City of Hobart Art Prize 07Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart TAS Australia
2007VesselMasterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
2006Finalist Ranamok Glass PrizeNational Touring Exhibition, Australia
2006Qdos Glass ShowQdos Gallery, Lorne VIC Australia
2006Ethereal LightKirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
2005ShimaGallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2005S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2005Material InstinctsManly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
2005Finalist Ranamok Glass PrizeNational Touring Exhibition, Australia
2005S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2005Solo ExhibitionFramed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
2004Finalist Ranamok Glass PrizeNational Touring Exhibition, Australia
2004TerrainBeaver Galleries, Canberra ACT Australia
2004CollectVictoria and Albert Museum. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2004Solo ExhibitionArte Gallery, Palm Desert California USA
2004S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2003S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2003ElementalGallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2002S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2002Singapore Contemporary Art FairRepresented by Soho Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001Invitational ExhibitionLouisville Glassworks, Kentucky USA
2001S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001Antipodean BlendsGallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
2001Glass Art AustraliaQuadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2001Australian Glass...The Cutting EdgeAxia Modern Art, Melbourne VIC Australia
2000Colonial to ContemporaryPowerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
2000Quadrivium's FinestQuadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
2000Australasian Glass 2000Masterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
2000Vibrant VisionsMarta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio USA
1999Australian Studio GlassLisbon Portugal
1999Solo ExhibitionFramed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
1999S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1998/99Latitudes II Tour ExhibitionLatitudes - Gallery Himawari, Seto Japan
1998/99Latitudes II Tour ExhibitionBullseye Connection, Portland USA
1998/99Latitudes II Tour ExhibitionThe Australian National University School of Art Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
1998/99Latitudes II Tour ExhibitionNoosa Regional Gallery, QLD Australia
1998/99Latitudes II Tour ExhibitionJam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide SA Australia
1998Glass MastersQdos Gallery, Lorne VIC Australia
1997Glass Sculpture Solo ExhibitionGolden Canvas Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1995/6LatitudesLatitudes - Bullseye Connection, Portland Oregon USA
1995/6LatitudesLatitudes - Craftspace Sydney and ACT Crafts Council Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
1995S.O.F.A ChicagoRepresented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1994Australian Glass ShowContemporary Art Niki, Tokyo, Japan
1992Solo ExhibitionGolden Canvas Gallery, Balmain Sydney NSW Australia
1992Work selected for the Australia ShopWorld Expo, Seville Spain
1990Australian Crafts 1990Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne VIC Australia
19884th National Studio Glass ExhibitionWagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW Australia
1988Invitational Exhibition Glass Australia '88, Gas & Fuel Glass AwardMeat Market Craft Center, Melbourne VIC Australia
1984Solo exhibitionDistelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
1984Glasmuseum, EbeltoftDenmark

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Tasmanian Museum and Art GalleryHobart TAS Australia
Private Collection of Bill ClintonNew York USA
Private Collection Sir Elton JohnUK / USA
Prince Hirohito, Royal Family CollectionTokyo Japan
Museum of ArtMobile Alabama USA
New Federal Parliament HouseCanberra ACT Australia
Powerhouse MuseumSydney NSW Australia
Lang Walker Fine Art CollectionSydney NSW Australia
Victorian State Craft CollectionMelbourne VIC Australia
Latrobe Valley Regional Arts CentreMorwell VIC Australia
Queensland Contemporary Art GalleryBrisbane QLD Australia
National Glass CollectionWagga Wagga NSW Australia
Rockhampton Art GalleryRockhampton QLD Australia
Art BankSydney NSW Australia
Wentworth Rydges HotelSydney NSW Australia
GlasmuseumEbeltoft Denmark

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2016Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists
2014Ausglass Review Winter 2014
2014The Australian, 05 Jun 2014, Arts & Entertainment, page 16
2007Object Magazine Issue 51
2006Ranamok Glass Prize
2005Ranamok Glass Prize
2005Australian Glass Today  by Margot Osborne, Australia
2005Craft Arts International No. 63
2005Material Instincts - Manly Art Gallery and Museum
2004Ranamok Glass Prize
2003SOFA Chicago
1999This Side Up - glass journal, The Netherlands
1998Latitudes - Bullseye Glass in Australia
1997Masters of their Craft by Noris Ioannou, Australia
1995Australian National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
1995Australian Studio Glass by Noris Ioannou, Australia
1988Classics Exhibition Catalogue, Crafts Council of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia
1985Ausglass magazine review of MGM Gallery Exhibition

GRANTS

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

AWARDS

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