Born in Antwerp in 1961 Tony de Wolf has always held drawing in high esteem, in his younger days he spent time copying the Old Master paintings in a city made famous by its 16th and 17th Century Flemish painters. Belgian born de Wolf spent seven years studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. There followed a period of four years studying the painting techniques of the 17th century masters. Today, de Wolfs paintings display all the techniques of the Flemish Masters from whom he learned so diligently. He has gradually developed his own contemporary style which has brought his still life paintings very firmly into the 21st century. His compositions are thoughtfully considered, the combination of beautifully laundered linen, lusciously ripe fruit and cool-colour combinations resonate well with the senses. The gentle humour he displays with the placing of certain objects is subtle, the distorted reflections encourage you to look deeper into the paintings, engaging your eye and intellect with equal intensity. Tonys chosen objects, are painted to perfection including their flaws, the blemishes on fruit, chips in the china, scratches on silver, maybe a loose cotton on the linen, all suggesting a past life and adding yet another layer of thought and enjoyment to the paintings. Tony is a master with paint. Layers are thinned and applied to build up a beautiful service, which is equally as beautiful as the paintings itself. Judy Stafford of the Stafford Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting Tony de Wolfs paintings for the first time at Wimbledon Fine Art.
oil on panel 12 x 16 in £5500
oil on panel 11.75 x 9.25 in £3500