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Gary L. Wolfe

Gary L. Wolfe

b. 1950
American
Born: Buffalo, N.Y., U.S.

Gary Wolfe works in painting, drawing, monotypes, video, and mixed media. Coming from a family that has roots in Western New York reaching back at least four generations, he was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and is based in the Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. He is currently working as a self-employed artist and consultant. He did work for 28 years in human services (aging and health) for the Erie County government.  Wolfe also worked for a number of years as a respiratory therapist. He attended Houghton College, receiving an Associate of Arts and Science in Christian Ministries; and the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Painting and Art History.

In an artist's statement about his work, Wolfe writes, "While primarily a painter, I often combine painting with other media. At the heart of this work is the process of synthesis, a 'putting or placing of things together.' The combining of disparate ideas and media that interact together to create new relationships and perspectives intrigue[s] me. 

"I focus on the figure in order to address fundamental and contemporary human concerns: birth, suffering, innocence, vulnerability, technology dependence, economic disparity, aging, and death. My work is highly influenced by my years working in human services. I freely employ and re-contextualize Judeo-Christian imagery, though I do not intend these images to be primarily religious in nature. I desire to create work that is conceptual as well as humanist, critical as well as aesthetic." [1]

 

[1] Gary Wolfe. Artist's statement. Undated [2013].