Sherrie Wolf | Tulips: A History
Reception: Thursday June 4th, 2015 5:30 - 8:30
Closes: June 24th, 2015
I have always been a still life painter. My images have evolved from a love of art history and a desire to present multiple levels of expression to my viewer.
With one foot in the past and another firmly in the present, I create a dramatic staged setting for my still life images. Appropriating art-historical references as windows to the past, I am paying visual homage to great European and American painters who have lead me to where I am today as a contemporary artist.
Tulips have a history of obsession, greed and desire. During the 17th century in Holland they were so highly esteemed, admired and indulged that the value of a single bulb could be that of a fine house and garden in the center of Amsterdam.
Tulipomania also created a demand for artistic renderings of tulips. As a still life painter I have focused more and more on the singular beauty of the tulip. In my most recent paintings, I overlay and juxtapose contemporary tulips with the rich artistic history of European-influenced painting.