Tuesday, 11 October 2011

'The Monk'

'The Monk' by Luke Wagner was recently installed on the court at the Real Tennis Club, Hobart. Call in and have a look if you are in the area.

Friday, 15 July 2011

an exhibition of new paintings by Luke Wagner 

Please join us for a drink to celebrate the opening of Nightset, an exhibition of new paintings from Luke Wagner.
To be opened by Lord Mayor Rob Valentine at 5.30pm Friday the 29th July at Colville Gallery 91A Salamanca Place Hobart Tel 6224 4088.

Also in gallery 2 Katy Woodroffe is having a solo show of her new works.
for more information or to see a catalogue see Colville Gallery here

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Indoor / Outdoor Mirror Range

Introducing our new range of indoor/outdoor mirrors, for more information about any of the mirrors pictured email us at:     framemakers@bigpond.com

Monday, 6 June 2011

Custom Mirrors

For those of you who haven't had a chance to visit the recently refurbushed Brunswick Hotel in Liverpool st, be sure to check it out, here is a snap of the mirrors we custom-made especially for the space


Framer Luke Wagner at work with his son Felix fixing the frames on
Sidney Nolan's huge work Snake. Picture: LEIGH WINBURN

Snake gets a new skin

TASMANIAN framers spent three weeks in an underground room preparing a centrepiece for Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art.

Luke Wagner was chosen to reframe Sidney Nolan's mammoth masterpiece Snake, which will permanently hang in the southern hemisphere's largest private museum when it opens later this month.

Mr Wagner has run a framing business in Hobart for more than 20 years.

At 46 metres long and nine metres high, Snake is the largest and one of the most valuable pieces Mr Wagner has worked on.

"As a framer it's a very special thing to be involved in," Mr Wagner said. "Nolan had a great love for this piece."

The artwork was bought by MONA owner David Walsh for more than $2 million in 2006. It was originally framed in Melbourne in the 1970s.

The creation has been assembled in its entirety only twice and has spent a great deal of time in storage.

"It was badly stored, probably in damp conditions and there was quite some deterioration to the frames," Mr Wagner said.

His son Felix and two senior framers dismantled the artwork's 270 frames, each of which houses six individual paintings. In total, 1620 images make up the full piece.

A new mounting board was made in Canada and MONA then arranged for custom-fit glass to be made in Germany that is non-reflective and blocks UV rays.

The original frame was then refurbished, polished and lacquered in Adelaide.

"Then we spent three weeks in the conservation and framing laboratory, on the lower level of the museum, putting it all together," Mr Wagner said.

"We didn't want to make any mistakes with it."

Mr Wagner said it was an "intense experience" to work so intimately on the piece.

"I think that's one of the original reasons I got into framing. To be up close with an artwork is quite an experience," he said.

"Then to stand back and see this massive complexity of images make up one whole image on its own is just incredible."

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Artist and the Chefs : Savour Tasmania 2011

The Artist and the Chefs was held at Henry Jones Art Hotel last night as part of the annual 'Savour Tasmania' festival.

The evening featured nine of Luke’s paintings created especially for the event, which were matched by nine culinary interpretations of the art by Luke’s wife and Executive chef at Government House, Ainstie Wagner, together with Andre Kropp, Executive Chef at The Henry Jones Art Hotel.

The evening was a celebration of our Tasmanian heritage and produce and featured some of our finest ingredients and iconic imagery. The paintings will be on display at the Henry Jones Art Hotel for the month of June, all enquiries can be directed to the Colville Gallery on (03)62244088 or visit their website 

For more photos of the paintings and the menu you can visit our facebook page
 Breathe with Me
Luke Wagner 2011
102 x 127cm, oil on linen
 Breathe with Me
Ainstie Wagner
Ginger spider
Yoghurt and goats cheese ice-cream spiked with chilli,
Gillespies Ginger Beer

 Book of Longing
Luke Wagner 2011
102 x 127cm, oil on linen
Book of Longing
Ainstie Wagner
Vanilla, star anise and cardmom spiced cured beef
Salty, spiced walnut baklava
Pepperberry and vanilla syrup
Ashbolt Olive Oil

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Luke Wagner Print Exhibition

Exhibition of Fine Art Prints

Luke Wagner will be having an exhibition of fine art prints at Meadowbank Estate during the month of April. Included in the catalogue are a selection of new print images and etchings. To see more of Luke's prints you can visit the fine art prints section of the website.

The exhibition opens Saturday 9th of april and continues through to the end of the month. For a complete catalogue or for a preview of the exhibition please email framemakers@bigpond.com

Meadowbank Estate, 699 Cambridge Road, Cambridge TAS phone: (03)62484484