Penumbra: The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object.
There is nothing still about Pamela Wolfe’s flower paintings as she reinvents this still life subject in a contemporary manner. Arrangements of hydrangeas, peonies, poppies and roses burst forth from a richly painted background, seeming to nearly spill out of the canvas. There is an almost unsettling insistence of movement in Wolfe’s paintings as each bud jostles for attention in the crowded arrangements, and one feels like they may have only just missed that moment where the wind stirred the rose’s petals, or when a bud unfurled to full bloom.
Wolfe’s intricate arrangements emphasise the quality brushwork for which the artist is known, while her rich saturated palette, filled with crimsons, corals, creams, pinks and purples, enhances the luscious nature of the subject. The fragility of the flowers is portrayed in Wolfe’s paintings and highlights the transient nature of beauty.
Pamela Wolfe’s work is included in private, corporate and public collections throughout New Zealand.