Walter Pater said, “all art constantly aspires to the condition of music”. In these pictures, worked sometimes over many years, themes and movements that inhabit the layers, and spread across the surface, evoke symphonic structure: there are notes and swathes, marks and smudges, long looping lines, and dense patterning; like a play- off between instruments. But there are also the substructures: big movements that articulate the whole of the picture and allow the smaller syncopations somewhere to rest.

Wayne Eager does not rely on the speed of the action, or the complex built relationship with subject, to nail the pictures; they instead move slowly, organically towards completion.  It might be the addition of a slightly different tone that picks up part of the structure; a seemingly ‘little’ change that pitches the picture that much higher, clearer, sweeter.  Or the cancelling out of some surface incident, that allows the substructure to sit comfortably with the higher notes/patterns that flit across the surface sometimes as beats, sometimes as tonal harmony, sometimes as drone mood. These are dense pictures that come at the viewer slowly and can take time to see. Tony Mighell, September 2017

Wayne Eager was a founding member of Melbourne’s Roar Studios in 1982. Since then he has been involved in establishing the Ikuntji Women’s centre at Haasts Bluff and worked as a field officer for Papunya Tula Artists. He continues to paint full time and exhibits regularly throughout Australia. His work is represented in major public collections including Artbank; National Gallery of Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Shepparton Art Gallery and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

VIEW EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 From the studio, The Residency, Alice Springs
2015 Desert Works, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2014 Wayne Eager, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide
2013 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2011 Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney
2008 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2008 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Raft Artspace, Darwin
2004 Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2003 Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2002 Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1995 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1994 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1992 Coventry Galleries, Sydney
1992 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1991 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1990 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1989 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

COLLECTIONS

Artbank, Araluen Art Centre, Coventry Collection, Crown Casino, Melbourne, MCA Sydney, Myer Roar Collection, Museum & Art Gallery of NT Darwin, National Gallery of Australia, Shepparton Art Gallery, Smorgon Collection, Melbourne, Charles Darwin University Darwin, Ballarat Regional Gallery, Private Collections in Australia and abroad.

1982 Founding member of Roar Studios
1992-1997 Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory
1996-2000 Field worker, Papunya Tula Artists
2001-2002 Tutor at Batchelor Institute, Alice Springs
2006 Etching and Lithography, Northern Editions, CDU Darwin
2010 Co-curator exhibition Tjukurpa Pulkatjara (benchmark exhibition from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands), South Australian Museum
2009-2015 Travelling mentor for artists and art centre co-ordinators of the Ananguku Arts APY Lands, South Australia and the Western Desert Mob, Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Western Australia Mural Australian National Gallery, Canberra (Phillip Morris Arts Grant)

Wayne Eager, Claypan, acrylic on linen, 199.5 x 182cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Claypan, acrylic on linen, 199.5 x 182cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Kinetic , 2017, oil on linen, 175 x 200cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Kinetic , 2017, oil on linen, 175 x 200cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Percussion, oil on linen, 183x200cm  SOLD
Wayne Eager, Percussion, oil on linen, 183x200cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Desert Rose, oil on linen, 182 x 199cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Desert Rose, oil on linen, 182 x 199cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Wildflower, oil on linen, 149 x 200cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Wildflower, oil on linen, 149 x 200cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Fractal, oil on linen, 123x183cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Fractal, oil on linen, 123x183cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Pink Acacia III, acrylic on linen, 137x175.5cm $8000
Wayne Eager, Pink Acacia III, acrylic on linen, 137x175.5cm $8000
Wayne Eager, NT-SA Border, acrylic on linen, 100x92cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, NT-SA Border, acrylic on linen, 100x92cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Northside Hills, 2015, oil on linen, 122x182cm $7700
Wayne Eager, Northside Hills, 2015, oil on linen, 122x182cm $7700
Wayne Eager, Northside Hills, oil on linen, 153x137cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Northside Hills, oil on linen, 153x137cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Chiffon II, acrylic on linen, 122x107cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Chiffon II, acrylic on linen, 122x107cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Outstation, acrylic on linen, 121x75cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Outstation, acrylic on linen, 121x75cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Fragment, acrylic on linen, 101x92cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Fragment, acrylic on linen, 101x92cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Yellow pictograph, gouache on paper, 31x28cm $1100
Wayne Eager, Yellow pictograph, gouache on paper, 31x28cm $1100
Wayne Eager, The Contest, gouache on paper, 55x56cm $1700
Wayne Eager, The Contest, gouache on paper, 55x56cm $1700
Wayne Eager, Hailstorm in Alice, acrylic on linen, 167 x 122cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Hailstorm in Alice, acrylic on linen, 167 x 122cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Cirque de soleil, gouache on paper, 23x32cm $1100
Wayne Eager, Cirque de soleil, gouache on paper, 23x32cm $1100
Wayne Eager, Blue Landscape, acrylic and gouache on paper, 56x76cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Blue Landscape, acrylic and gouache on paper, 56x76cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Pink landscape, gouache & acrylic on paper, 57x76cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Pink landscape, gouache & acrylic on paper, 57x76cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Block work, gouache on paper, 50x66cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Block work, gouache on paper, 50x66cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Sandstone, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $1800
Wayne Eager, Sandstone, gouache on paper, 56x76cm $1800
Wayne Eager, The Red Sqare, gouached on paper, 56x76cm $1800
Wayne Eager, The Red Sqare, gouached on paper, 56x76cm $1800
Wayne Eager, Pink Landscape, gouache on paper, 77x57cm $1800
Wayne Eager, Pink Landscape, gouache on paper, 77x57cm $1800
Wayne Eager, Northside Rocks, gouache & acrylic on paper, 76x56cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Northside Rocks, gouache & acrylic on paper, 76x56cm SOLD
Wayne Eager, Desert Dessert, gouache on paper, 38 x56cm $1500
Wayne Eager, Desert Dessert, gouache on paper, 38 x56cm $1500