Dorle Wolf started painting
encouraged by Eva Betzler (Schloss Stetten) in 1992 and attended courses given by Veronika Wagner (Berlin), Brigitte Miers and Thomas Wachter (Würzburg)
is a member
of the Kunstverein Würzburg and of the advisory board of the Art Gallery Kunststück e.V., Würzburg
2000 the Art Oscar at Rottach-Egern and 2002 the Golden Art Medal of the European Cultural Association, Baden-Baden (Germany) at Strasbourg
presented over 100 exhibitions
from 1993 through 2006:
Düsseldorf, Halle, Köln, Lindau, Murnau, Nürnberg, Passau, Rastatt, Regensburg, Tübingen, Würzburg, Engelberg, Glasgow, Molsheim/Elsaß, Straßburg and Paris
postcard reproductions, colourfast reprints
When starting her career as a painter, Dorle Wolf had worked for two decades in her husband`s laboratory where they have been engaged mainly in research on visual perception. That is also reflected in her pictures. She began with representational painting but has, in the intervening period, come to free, boldly expressive colour painting. She likes to paint in abstract series of pictures which have a common basic theme, such as her "hour pictures". These have their origins in the quite personal world of her emotions, and tell us about great moments, about highlights in life of the sort with which each one of us can empathize. In order to express the inperceptible - moods, emotional experiences, memories, scents, music - she builds up the expressiveness of multi-layered glowing colours, combines old and modern techniques and even invents new ones.
From surface colour to spatial colour
Dorle Wolf is the first German painter who deliberately creates pictures developing spatial depth when viewed through "ChromaDepth" 3-D glasses. The light is dispersed by them according to the colours of the rainbow, and enters the eyes from different directions which leads to depth perception: Coloured surfaces stand out from the canvas, seem to hover in the air, become coloured spatial objects which change before our eyes, for it is only gradually that there is an opening up of their full depth. Thus the 3-D paintings gain a further dimension, which can be compared to church windows when the sun shines through them and they paint coloured lights on the floor.
"This way of producing the illusion of spatial depth rests solely on the colour`s very own property ... I find in that a concept which I would designate post-modern. If in modern art the creation of any illusion on the surface has been condemned, and concentration has been completely on the "real means" of painting such as colour, surface and line, then here again the illusion of spatial depth has been created by one of these means: by colour ... It is not a type of depth which is firmly established ... but a peculiarly floating, virtual impression of depth."
Stephanie Huber, sculptress
"Dorle Wolf is a master of subtle transitions: Transitions not only of colours, not only from planar to spatial dimensions, but also of emotional shades ... She has a strong curiosity about experimenting with all kinds of painting techniques, from using metallic lacquer sprays, creating assemblies, to ingenious 3-D paintings. But this curiosity is only a means to an end. Her point is to strike a responsive chord in the viewer, by conveying with her colours specific moods, sentiments, a very special spiritual atmosphere, all of these starting to create vibrations similar to a melody in the viewer ... In spite of her predilection for soft transitions, for veil dances of colours, Dorle Wolf is anything but a solely sensitive artist ... in making use of colours, she is similar to a composer who, with his notes, transforms the spirit and the emotions expressed in a poem."
Dr. Eva-Suzanne Bayer, art historian (Würzburg)
"Dorle Wolf`s compositions inspired by nature, which connect colour and light to imaginary spaces and extend from atmospheric lightness to powerful expressions of colour, are also always landscapes of the soul - with their vocabulary of colourful melodies and with their peaceful or expressive structures - be they flooded with light or shadowy, translucent or mysterious - they reflect inner worlds."
Liana Thau, M.A., art historian
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