Pamela Wolfe’s Pleasure Garden opens at ARTIS
Exhibition | 15 November – 05 December 2016
Small accurate paintings of masses of flowers in watercolour supplement a spectacular display of hugely oversize flowers in oils.
Pamela’s Wolfe’s Pleasure Garden is a big and colourful exhibition with two kinds of work. There are appealing works done in opaque watercolour on paper; these are careful studies in a series that gives the title to the exhibition.
The grand rhetoric of these works is a tribute to colour and burgeoning life though there are hints of decay.
The works in oil are more spectacular. Although they are exact images of flowers particularly roses, they are all at least four times life size. They fountain up exuberantly in big bunches.
The grand rhetoric of these works is a tribute to colour and burgeoning life though there are hints of decay. A typical work, like Green Garden, has foliage springing out on both sides to add a strong compositional element and two works, with a black background, give force to the prevailing reds. It is an area that Wolfe has made specially her own in recent years.