Robert Wynne

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.

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EDUCATION

1982 – 1983
Master of Arts in Art California State University, Chico California USA

1981
Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts
Federation University Australia, Gippsland Campus VIC Australia

1977 – 1979
Diploma of Visual Arts Federation University Australia, Gippsland Campus VIC Australia

SELECTED GROUP & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2017
Review – Masters Of Glass 2017 Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia

2016
S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
LAND, SEA & SKY Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2015
S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Robert Wynne  – Joint Exhibition Lasting Impressions Gallery Of Fine Art Queensland, Australia
Kirra Illuminating Glass Award Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2014
Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2013
Masters in Blown Glass, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Light in Winter, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2012
S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Global + Local Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg  Florida USA

2011
S.O.F.A  Chicago Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia
Masters of Glass The National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
Light in Winter, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2010
Finalist, Woollhara Small Sculpture Prize Woollahra Municipal Council, Double Bay NSW Australia
Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize, National Touring Exhibition, Australia
Masters and Mentors
Light in Winter Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia,
Masterworks in Miniature, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2009
The Kerfoot Collection, The National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW Australia
Art in Glass, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
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
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Art London, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Finalist City of Hobart Art Prize 07, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart TAS Australia
Vessel, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand

2006
Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize National Touring Exhibition, Australia
Qdos Glass Show, Qdos Gallery, Lorne VIC Australia
Ethereal Light, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne VIC Australia

2005
Shima Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
S.O.F.A Chicago,Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Material Instincts, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize, National Touring Exhibition, Australia
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Solo Exhibition, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia

2004
Finalist Ranamok Glass Prize, National Touring Exhibition, Australia
Terrain, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT Australia
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum
Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW  Australia
Solo Exhibition, Arte Gallery, Palm Desert California USA
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Elemental, Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
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
S.O.F.A  Chicago, Represented by Raglan Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Antipodean Blends Gallery Sakura No Ki, Tokyo Japan
Glass Art Australia, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Australian Glass…The Cutting Edge
Axia Modern Art, Melbourne VIC Australia

2000
Colonial to Contemporary, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Australia
Quadrivium’s Finest, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
Australasian Glass 2000 Masterworks Gallery, Auckland New Zealand
Vibrant Visions Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio USA

1999
Australian Studio Glass, Lisbon Portugal
Solo Exhibition, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT Australia
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
Work selected for the Australia Shop World Expo, Seville Spain

1990
Australian Crafts, Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne VIC Australia

1988
4th National Studio Glass Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW Australia
Invitational Exhibition Glass Australia ’88, Gas & Fuel Glass Award
Meat Market Craft Center, Melbourne VIC Australia
1984
Solo exhibition Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
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

2016
Glass Art: 112 Contemporary Artists

2014
Ausglass Review Winter 2014
The Australian, 05 Jun 2014, Arts & Entertainment, page 16

2013
Australian Signatures – The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

2007
Object Magazine Issue 51

2006
Ranamok Glass Prize

2005
Ranamok Glass Prize
Australian Glass Today  by Margot Osborne, Australia
Craft Arts International No. 63
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
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
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia

2010
Finalist  Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council, Double Bay NSW Australia
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia

2006
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia

2005
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia

2004
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia

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