21 JUNE - 10 JULY
“In the first instance, ‘Transplant’ refers to the activities of early botanists, such as Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, who sailed on Cook’s Endeavour and collected exotic species previously unknown to Europe. At the same time the establishment of botanical gardens promoted scientific understanding and enabled the public to experience at first-hand, the wonderment and diversity of nature.
‘Transplant’ also refers to my moving house and, after 38 years, having to establish a new garden and studio. On this occasion I created a small urban meadow of randomly scattered wildflowers. The resulting blooms have attracted bees, butterflies and other insects, continuing the natural cycle and adding further to the enjoyment of our flora and fauna.”
Pamela Wolfe 2022
Pamela Wolfe was born in England in 1950 and her family immigrated to New Zealand in 1953. She studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University from 1968 to 1971, graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts.
Wolfe has been exhibiting for over forty years and is best known for her larger than life, richly textured paintings of flowers.
The subtle technique in which Wolfe portrays the fragility of these specimens and their transient nature of beauty, has been honed over her long career. Wolfe paints in oils on canvas and enlarges the sumptuous blooms and foliage to fill the canvas – with many of the flower arrangements displayed in a glass jar or vase.
Wolfe has been exhibiting in ARTIS Gallery since 1998 – and with ARTIS Gallery at the Auckland Art Fair since 2007.