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Heather van Wolf
updated: 02/24/2012
website: vanwolf.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Paris View from a rooftop
Gibralter
Cordoba Spain
Panjir Afghanistan
Flatiron
Gaudi's Spain
Odessa Opera House
Brooklyn Bridge
Intrepid & Around Alone
sailing Alone
Sail Manhattan
Saint Barth's View from Point Milou
At the Mystic Seaport
Midtown Manhattan
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  urban, architecture, historical, landscape, site-specific, public, illustration
 
 
Paris View from a rooftop by Heather van Wolf
Paris View from a rooftop
pen & ink
2006
5" x  8" 
Gibralter by Heather van Wolf
Gibralter
Pen and Ink on Cold Press Cotton
2009
6 " x  8 " 
Cordoba Spain by Heather van Wolf
Cordoba Spain
Pen & Ink
2010
8 " x  6 " 
Panjir Afghanistan by Heather van Wolf
Panjir Afghanistan
Pen & Ink on Cold Press Cotton
2010
8 " x  6 " 
Flatiron by Heather van Wolf
Flatiron
Pen & Ink
2006
8" x  6" 
Gaudi's Spain by Heather van Wolf
Gaudi's Spain
Pen & Ink
2006
8" x  6" 
Odessa Opera House by Heather van Wolf
Odessa Opera House
Pen & Ink on Cold Press Cotton
2008
6" x  8" 
Brooklyn Bridge by Heather van Wolf
Brooklyn Bridge
Pen & Ink
2006
8" x  6" 
Intrepid & Around Alone by Heather van Wolf
Intrepid & Around Alone
Pen & Ink
2006
6" x  8" 
sailing Alone by Heather van Wolf
sailing Alone
Pen & Ink
2007
5.5" x  5.5" 
Sail Manhattan by Heather van Wolf
Sail Manhattan
Pen & Ink
2007
6" x  8" 
Saint Barth's View from Point Milou by Heather van Wolf
Saint Barth's View from Point Milou
Pen & Ink
2006
8" x  8" 
At the Mystic Seaport by Heather van Wolf
At the Mystic Seaport
Pen & Ink
2006
8" x  6" 
Midtown Manhattan by Heather van Wolf
Midtown Manhattan
Pen & INk
2011
6" x  8" 

Artist Statement
I incorporate the written word with highly detailed line drawing. Cityscape, landscape and architectural portraiture are my primary subjects. Examining and then resurrecting metropoli on paper is an act of curiosity, acceptance and appreciation.

My work has a post-postmodernist sensibility. I am deeply fascinated with history, physics, science, engineering, socioligy, and philosphy, thus I integrate a multiplicity of fields in my work. The life and work of Da Vinci, Piranesi, and Dore’ have invariably influenced my work.

My aim at achieving a near-objective reality of subject matter fraught with dualities is a challenge. Extensive research and planning precede the execution of each drawing, while an improvised hand-rendered line delivers an expressive and unforgiving honesty.

We are taught to exclude elements that present ironies and simplify. My primary subject, the cityscape cannot be distilled into such elemental lines without losing it’s chaotic and compelling complexity.

If clearly visible during execution, objects near and far are rendered with considerable detail. Rather than being forced into abstraction or deletion, elements in the far distance are composed chiefly of the written word.

I sometimes include the interior dialogue to capture the entirety of the subject; it’s environment, it’s place in time and my experience of it. Though my aim is objectivity, as a human being I can never fully divorce myself of my point of view. The fusion of writing and image is the only way to be truly honest to the subject. I must also uncover any hidden motivations, thoughts and prejudice which otherwise could effect the integrity of the work. I seek an absolute truth in art.

The landscape of our world is the dramatic counterpoint to daily life. Our cities are social organisms providing an intimate view of our strengths, limitations and motivations. My focus on the cityscape is an effort to gain insight into what drives us, brings us together, and divides us as human beings. Our cities tell these stories elegantly.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Group Shows

2011 Katonah Art Museum Artist Association, NY

2011 NYEE Gallery, NYC Invitational

2011 Northern Westchester Hospital, NY Invitational

2010 Stoneshire Art Exhibition, NY Invitational

2010 Katonah Library, NY Invitational

2010 Pound Ridge Library, NY Invitational

2009 National Arts Club, CLWAC NY Juried

2009 Paul Gervais Gallery, CT Invitational

2007 National Arts Club, CLWAC NY Juried

2007 Geary Gallery, CT Juried

2007 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Juried

2007 Salmagundi Club, NY Juried

2007 Society of Illustrators NY  Juried

2006 National Arts Club NY Juried

2006 DSU Art Gallery, ND

2005 Hilton Hotel, NY Juried

2004 New Yorker Magazine Gallery NY

2002 Bronx River Gallery, NY

2001 Kentlar Gallery, NY Nov.

1996 Denver Center Performing Arts, Denver CO

1994 Mercury Gallery, Denver CO

1990 Arvada Center of the Arts, CO Juried

1985 Sherman PS, CT


Solo Shows


2010 Gallery in the Park, NY Jan-May

2007 Pound Ridge Library Schaffner Gallery Dec

2007 Insitu NY, NY June-Sept

1999 Trilogy Theatre NYC June

1995 Mercury Gallery Denver CO Sept-Nov

1994 Steaming Bean Telluride CO May-Jul

1987 Sherman Public School, CT Oct


Education


Art Students League, NY Sculpture

Colorado State University, CO Fine Art

Western State College, CO Fine Art

AH Ha School for the arts, CO

Ecole Philip Gauliier, UK; France Theatre

Teaching Studios of Art, NY

Daniel Greene Workshops, CT

Elaine Aiken Conservatory, NY Theatre, Film



Selected Private Collections

F P Schwab, New York
A Gregory, New York
N O'Faolain, Dublin Ireland
JPMorgan's Diversity Council
A W Dworman, New York
Carlini Arnaldo Estate, Milano Italy
Riva Family Trust, Irvbersego, Italy
Oborn Family Estate, Aukland, New Zealand
T Rich, Connecticut
S Van Nostrand, Connecticut
A J Diamond, New York
P Gaulier, Paris, France
H Billerbeck, Florida

Awards

L.G. Sawyer Award 2007 
JPMorgan Chase© Diversity Council 2001
Mountain Thought Review© Scholarship 1991
Sherman CT. Century time capsule 1986