“My current exhibition continues a decade-long interest in symbolism associated with the tradition of flower painting, and explores the metaphor of fertility.
These paintings capture their subjects at the height of their life spans, at that brief moment before they wilt and fade. In so doing, they represent the fragility and ephemeral nature of our own life cycle.”
– Pamela Wolfe, June 2011
Pamela Wolfe graduated from the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Art in 1971. She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand since graduating.
Wolfe has varied her subject matter over that time from highly coloured representations of the local landscape to still life.
Her current works are richly textured paintings of flowers over their life cycle observing the changes which occur from bud to decay. The fragility of the flowers is portrayed in Wolf’s paintings and highlights the transient nature of beauty.
The contrast made by the artist of the petals of roses and peonies against a dark background gives an extravagant sensuality to the work and is after the style of the Dutch still life painters of the 17th century. The use of a dark textured ground in the paintings is also suggestive of the dark soil from where the delicate blossoms begin.
Wolfe enlarges the flowers to fill the picture plane and enhances the feeling of seeing these blooms from a butterfly’s perspective
Pamela Wolfe’s work is included in several corporate, private and public collections throughout New Zealand.