Luke Wagner

The Chaplin's Garden, Wybalena, Flinders Island, 2020

Oil and wax on linen (two stretchers framed)

122 x 183 CM

From the artist

Wybalena was established in 1834 as a so called “Aboriginal Settlement” by George Augustus Robinson for the purpose of making the inhabitants “Civilised and Christianised “ Many died there

I visited Flinders Island in November 2019 and spent two days at Wybalena

The indigenous presence is palpable

A chapel remains and the remnants and foundations of other buildings

I found the brick footprint of the Chaplin’s house

This is his garden

Artist background

Born Tasmania 1962. Exhibiting since mid-1900s including solo show at QVMAG 1996. Winner of Circular Head Art Award 1996. Selected for Tattersalls Art Ward Brisbane 2005 & 2006; & Hutchins Prize 1997.