James Wolf

There’s an amount of chaos throughout most of my paintings.  In college, I developed an understanding of certain Eastern philosophies, compositions and brushstrokes.  Of course other influences, such as Max Ernst, Franz Kline, and Maxfield Parish are evident in my work.  But an artist’s own experiments, travels, encounters and recollections are what forge his/her artwork.  I admit to allowing a level of chaos to infiltrate through brushstrokes; however, it is a reaction to the wonder, pain, comedy and terror I imagine while I’m trying to create logical and peaceful reflections.

Instead of traveling out to new landscapes and people, I’m playing it safe and working in my studio painting abstracts.  These paintings exist through my naturalist upbringing but are not confined to a naturalist representation or rules.

I am a student and a teacher of life drawing.  I prefer to work with pen and ink and watercolor when painting nude models.  The life drawing collages you see in my inventory are paper cut from life studies overlapped with paper cut from abstracts.  Though more playful in spirit, these collages are reaching for a kind of gravitas through layers of imagery without preconceived ideas.  Max Ernst’s “…chance meeting of an umbrella with a sewing machine on a dissection table…” is a reference that sums up this method of collage quite well.

James Wolf

James is a painter, teacher and musician.  Originally from Detroit and Ann Arbor, James was a sculpture major under renowned European artist Morris Brose at Oakland University.  He moved to Cape Cod in 1990 where he created the James Wolf Gallery and founded Cotuit Center for the Arts.  As Artistic Director for Cotuit Center he composed scores, produced plays, created art education programs, curated all exhibits and performed many times on the main stage.  James most recently exhibited at PAMM, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Tao Water Gallery, Duxbury Art Complex, and is teaching in Falmouth, Dennis and Barnstable.  James paints and teaches privately in Barnstable Village’s historic Old Schoolhouse at the Chalkboard Studio.