Erica Wagner lives in Melbourne. Her work is inspired by direct observation of the figure and the landscape, with a focus on translating the movement and colour of the natural world into collage and paint. Figurative elements emerge from layers of underpainting and she enjoys repurposing discarded drawings and paintings to create fresh mixed media compositions. Her art co-exists with her work in book publishing (she produces books for children & young adults at Allen & Unwin, is a co-partner in Twelve Panels Press and was awarded the Dromkeen Medal in 2017). 

Solo Exhibitions

  • forthcoming: Feb 2018 Little Wings, No Vacancy Federation Square, Melbourne 
  • 2016 Sanctuary, No Vacancy Federation Square, Melbourne 
  • 2012 Retreat, Decoy Cafe, Melbourne
  • 2011 Dark Horse, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood

Erica Wagner Dark Horse video from Erica Wagner on Vimeo

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2017 Small Works, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2016 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2016 Life that is Still, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood 
  • 2016 Cast Off, Resident Artists' Program Exhibition, Nyora Studio Gallery, Eltham
  • 2014 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2013 Celebration, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2013 Artist of the Year Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society, East Melbourne
  • 2013 The Affordable Xmas Show, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 The Affordable Xmas Show, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 May Exhibition, Tussock Upstairs Gallery, Point Lonsdale
  • 2012 Selected Works, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2011 Melbourne Studio School, Bright Space, St Kilda
  • 2010 Paint Speak 2010, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2010 A Brush with Reality, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2009 Paintings and Drawings of the Melbourne Studio School, Glen Eira Gallery
  • 2007 Paint Speak, Melbourne Studio School, Manningham Gallery
  • 2002 A Master Artist and his Protegées, Spectrum Gallery, Balwyn

 

Awards

  • 2017 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition (Tarra River, Waiting for the Platypus)
  • 2017 Winner: George Hicks Foundation VAS Contemporary Exhibition (Watching the Water)
  • 2016 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Hattah Lakes)
  • 2014 Camberwell Art Show: Deans Encouragement Award, Acrylic Prize (Lagoon)
  • 2013 Highly Commended: St Kevin's College Art Show (Walk on By)
  • 2012 Highly Commended: St Kevin's College Art Show (Mt Sonder)
  • 2011 Winner: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition (Telling You the Story of My Life)
  • 2011 Highly Commended: Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition (Fay, One Autumn Day)
  • 2011 Highly Commended: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Mermaid Nude)
  • 2009 Winner: Best Abstract/Contemporary, Pastel Society of Victoria (Angel)
  • 2005 Winner: Best Non Traditional/Other, Pastel Society of Victoria (Moving Figure, Dance)
  • 2005 Winner: Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition (Moving Figure, Battleground)

 

Workshops and Residencies

  • 2017 Lightning Ridge Artist Residency, Sunsiz Media
  • 2017 Paperclay workshop, Koala Kids, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • 2017 Collage workshop, No Vacancy Gallery School Holiday Program
  • 2014-2016 Resident Artists’ Program, Nyora Studio Gallery, Eltham

 

Bibliography

 

Photograph by Craig Smith, Sunsiz Lightning Ridge Residency, 2017

Photograph by Craig Smith, Sunsiz Lightning Ridge Residency, 2017