“What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artist Larry Wolf

Artist Statement


My art conveys an intriguing attempt to combine my passion for law with my love for artistic expression through bold textures and vibrant colors. Dedicating over 40 years to building my legal skills, I explore my experiences in this field through introspection that is expressed in my series of original paintings entitled “A Brush with the Law.”

My emergence into art was paved by my spiritual teacher who emphasized creativity and the necessity of getting out of the way of one’s own head. I soon discovered that, even though I couldn’t sing or dance, I was intrigued by the use of color and texture. Through meditation and keen observation, my creativity has blossomed.

A very absorptive surface, raw canvas propels me to create unpredictable, explosive and vibrant results. I have also carried this exploration of surface to the use of silkscreens, requiring the application of paint from the back of the material, again producing unanticipated textures and formations as well as unique and dramatic results.

Color dictates and controls not only what I paint but also the medium that I paint with. Pieces of discarded objects often magically find their way onto my canvas. Those objects call out to me for the colors that will convey their unique messages and emotions to the viewer. They are as much a part of my art as the law is a part of my vocation.

My work reflects my never-ending search for new alternatives and solutions to problems both in art and in the courtroom. I am driven to always look at things in new ways, and if successful, my paintings can inspire others to do the same.

View work by Larry Wolf among the jury selected artists in “What is Abstract Art TODAY?” ’20/21 Juried Artists Virtual Exhibit Space 2 (VES2) below

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