The paintings of Northwest artist Sherrie Wolf are influenced by her fascination with still life and a strong interest in European and American art history. Wolf plays with illusion by combining contemporary still lifes with elements of paintings from art history, a technique that connects her work to the traditions of reinterpretation and artistic borrowing. Each choice Wolf makes in her still life subjects and historical painting references lead to unique results. The combinations range from whimsical, to elegant, to ironic. In this exhibition, Counterpoint, Wolf references both allegorical paintings as well as historical animal still lifes, always juxtaposing them with objects that set off or emphasize their mood or subject matter. Throughout, Wolf's meticulous interest in sumptuous detail and rich color is evident.
Sherrie Wolf graduated from the Museum Art School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, in 1974 and received an MA from the Chelsea College of Art in London, England in 1975. She began exhibiting her work in the mid 1970s while teaching art at PNCA. Her work is included in such collections as The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum; Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, OR; the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington; City of Seattle; and Washington State Art Collection. Recently, her work has been part of the nationally traveling exhibition, "Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family."