Rohan Wealleans

Invercargill, New Zealand, b. 1977

Rohan Wealleans attended Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specialising in painting. In 2003 he received a Master of Fine Arts, and in the same year was the winner of the Waikato Art Award. Wealleans was the winner of the fifteenth Annual Wallace Art Award in 2005, and in 2010 was included in the seventeenth Biennale of Sydney. Wealleans’ work treats paint as a three-dimensional material, creating densely layered painted surfaces which he then carves and sculpts to create frenzied, psychedelic patterns. Sometimes these works are anchored to a flat surface and utilise the vocabulary of painting, but others are completely free-standing sculptural forms, layered over found objects or customised armatures. Wealleans often incorporates references to pop culture, in particular comic books, B-movies and video games, into his works, either by the use of allusive titles or through collage. Instantly recognisable for their off-kilter humour and frenetic use of colour, Wealleans’ works have become an integral part of the New Zealand art landscape, and are held in numerous private and public collections, including at Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand, The Govett-Brewster Gallery, and the Chartwell Collection.

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Auction Results

Black Panther

2011

acrylic on found comic book, paper and polystyrene in perspex

350mm x 270mm x 105mm

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500

The Thing

2011

acrylic on found comic book, paper and polystyrene in perspex

350mm x 270mm x 105mm

Achieved $1,500

Study for a Brainy Painting

2009

acrylic on paper

290mm x 205mm

Achieved $2,520.88

Thing vs. Things

2008

acrylic on found comic book, paper and polystyrene in perspex

305mm x 222mm

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

Jelly Baby Dreaming

2008

acrylic on canvas blind

1630mm x 1200mm

Estimate $12,000 - $16,000