Pamela Wolfe’s upcoming exhibition, Florophilia, opens at ARTIS Gallery on Tuesday 12 May through to Sunday 7 June. Due to the current circumstances, the exhibition will be available to view online and by appointment.
Over her long and distinguished career Pamela Wolfe’s subject matter has varied from highly coloured representations of the local landscape, to detailed still-life studies and then on to what she is so widely known for today – her larger than life, richly textured paintings of flowers over their life cycles.
The subtle technique in which Wolfe portrays the fragility of these specimens has been honed over nearly twenty years and highlights the transient nature of beauty.
The contrast of the sumptuous blooms in Wolfe’s compositions against the black (and more recently, the grey) textured backgrounds from which they emerge, gives an extravagant sensuality to the works and references Dutch still-life painting of the 17th century.