“The drama of Red Wolf’s work awakens the senses. There is an illusion and three dimensional effect that draws the viewer in for a closer look. At first glance, one might think that the vessel is suspended in a shadow box, only to realize he has achieved this look in two dimensions. Wolf has tricked the eye, but has challenged the mind.” – Nan Miller, Ruth Lawrence Fine Art
Red Wolf, born in Miami, Florida in 1954, knew from an early age that he would be an artist. He studied painting at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. In 1974 he continued his studies in California, changing his major to psychology. During the next 10 years, he immersed himself in the therapeutic modalities of neo-Reichian, Gestalt and the Structural Integration work of Ida Rolf.
During the 1980’s, Wolf began to paint with a group of artists whose influences resulted in his commitment to become a serious artist. He studied with Stuart Linton who had apprenticed and shared studio space with Pablo Picasso after World War II in Paris.
Working on honeycomb aluminum, Wolf etches the subject into the surface of the material. Complex combinations of grinding metal, film and the use of glazes achieves an illumination. These materials are latticed with three dimensional patterns that diffract the full spectrum of white light to create brilliantly reflected colors. The results are an optical effect from these particles, opposed to pigments of color. A crystal clear resin is then applied to the surface.
“Research in Photonics, Material Science and Physics that I can assimilate and find application of through my own hands is a driving force for me as an artist. My intention is to offer you a mature fine art expression that will stand the test of time.” – Red Wolf.