Paintings From The 1950's - 1960's

 
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William Wolff, Archers, 37 x 56 1/2", oil on paper, c. 1960. William Wolff, Three Men in Conversation, 36 x 48", oil on masonite, c. 1950. William Wolff, Workers on a Ship, 37 1/4 x 59 1/2", oil on paper, c. 1960.
William Wolff, Table Top with Vase, 35 1/2 x 44", oil on canvas, c. 1950. William Wolff, Geometric Abstraction, 16 1/2 x 20 3/4", oil on board, c. 1960. William Wolff, Pink Woman, 34 x 42", oil on canvas, c. 1950.
William Wolff, Masked Warrior, 48 x 36", oil on masonite, c. 1960. William Wolff, Stone Breakers, 37 1/2 x 58", oil on paper, c. 1960. William Wolff, Bath at Fountain, 48 x 72", oil on masonite, c. 1960.
William Wolff, Astral Theater, 60 x 72", oil on masonite, c. 1960. William Wolff, Helyn Sleeping I, 34 x 43 3/4", oil on canvas, c. 1950. William Wolff, Arch by the Sea, 36 x 48", oil on masonite, c. 1950.


Charles Campbell Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of William F. Wolff paintings from the 1950s and 1960s.  These works trace the development of Wolff’s style over a period of two decades and provide an exciting view of mid century modernism. Early paintings of abstracted still lifes and figures from the 1950s gradually give way to mythologically-inspired subjects.
 
Wolff initially worked in a style that brought together Abstract Expressionist improvisation and Cubist structure to traditional subject matter.  He shared studio space with James Weeks in the early Post War years and both artists shared an interest in experimenting with materials and techniques.  Works in this show are oil and tempera, perhaps house paint, on canvas and masonite.
 
Early works typifying the Bay Area Figurative Movement gradually evolved into myth inspired subjects.  They were further elaborated in the bold, expressive woodcuts that Wolff began working with in the 1960s.  He is more well known today for his print works, though his first show of paintings was at the Lucien Labaudt Gallery, one of the most important for the Bay Area school, in 1951.
 
William Wolff was born in San Francisco in 1922 and studied at the California School of Fine Arts (now the SFAI) and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from UC Berkeley.  Additionally, he studied with Rupert Garcia, Gordon Cook and Max Beckmann.
 
Thomas Albright, the well-known and respected Bay Area art critic, found in Wolff’s paintings of this period a sensibility reminiscent of William Blake’s.  This show brings to light a trove of paintings that have rarely been seen since the 1960s and document the artists’ journey from realism to symbolism, from visible to invisible.

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Catalog: William Wolff: The Invisible City, print work published by Warnock Fine Arts.