Please contact me at bthomaswolf23 at gmail.com
There is thoughtful precision and care in crafting the hard edge surfaces in my work. Underneath this veneer are abruptly cropped forms and off-kilter compositions that question our notion of a well-executed painting. It is this uneasy balance between these relationships that I am investigating in my work.
The paintings start as a series of small thumbnail pencil drawings on large sheets of paper. This process of sketching helps capture spontaneous moments that I can develop into the final work. Working on a small scale helps me create shapes quickly, as opposed to painting directly onto a large canvas. I’ve found that this process has helped me understand my limitations and make work that I find engaging and satisfying.
2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
2016 STUFF INDEX - New Paintings by Brian Wolf,
Gallery 360, Little Rock, Arkansas
2015 Ice Box, Gallery 360, Little Rock, Arkansas
2012 Art Works XXV, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas
2011 Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ,
Going Off Script / Hyperallergic, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Worst Thursday, Uncle Gaylord’s, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Brian Wolf creates comically bold and off kilter abstract paintings on canvas. The works are composed of imperfect shapes and forms that often resemble paper cutouts. Their bright colors contrast one another creating a vibrant and jarring effect. His work is influenced by minimalist hard edge painting, abstract mid-century modernism, and the gaudy forms of the Memphis design group. Brian Wolf lives in Little Rock and works as a graphic designer with an exhibit design company.