used to be that an artist in pursuit of a career had to
confine himself to one “style” of painting. Over time the
artist could develop and grow within that style, and
over time the style might evolve, but there had to be a
kind of consistency.
It was best if his work remained “recognizable as
his" so it could be said, “Ah, that painting is a
Nicholas Wolfson – I recognize the style”.
Maybe it’s still that way. But I confess that I’ve lost the struggle to stick to just one thing. I used to think it was a kind of failing. Now, however, I’ve come to terms and I enjoy being all over the place.
In putting together THE HISTORY LESSON, I’ve made use of paintings that I’ve done in the style loosely called “Figurative Expressionism” - one of my favorite styles!
Expressionism has been useful to me in exploring two
second theme in my work of this style relates to
Buddhist sacred painting. I enjoy exploring primal
spiritual and emotional states - mostly relating to
bliss and fear. A varied assortment of characters
appear, helping to enhance the experience - at least for
me. Some are clearly human, others are gargoyles,
imagined totems, mind-blown imaginings, or mere
is something almost hallucinogenic in some of these
images, as I hope you will find.
have relied on the traditional use of drawing and
composition combined with a free and liberal use of
color. I think bright colors serve as a foil for
the satirical and creepy aspects of my work and make
them more palatable and attractive to you the viewer.
May I end by saying, don’t forget to vote in November! And if you're NOT eligible to vote in U.S. elections, encourage those who ARE eligible to go to the polls.