Roland Wakelin

  (1887 – 1971)

Roland Wakelin was born in Greytown, New Zealand and later settled in Sydney, Australia in 1912. Wakelin was influenced by the work of Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh from his visits to the UK and Europe and on return experimented with his love for a sense of place and the use of colour, light and atmosphere in his art. Roland Wakelin had many influences on the Sydney art scene as he taught and exhibited throughout his 50 year career. Together with De Maistre and Cossington-Smith he is regarded as a founding member of the modern movement in Sydney.  – “…art should possess balance [it] should be a cosmos, the total of whose parts make a unity.” – Wakelin (1919)