V.F. Wolf is a painter who currently lives and works in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He is employed as a night watchman at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum located in Providence, Rhode Island. V.F. was an officer in the Army Reserve from 2000-2007 and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and lived in both Egypt and Ireland. V.F. received his Bachelor’s degree in Art History (2007) and his Bachelor’s of Fine Art in painting (2011) from Rhode Island College. He recently received his Master’s of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2013).
I paint mixed media, semi-abstract grotesque mask-like faces to analyze the shadow present in every society. In particular, my recent work speaks to my early adult life in the military. I am not illustrating my time in the military through this work; but instead elucidating more universal themes I experienced: anger, sadness, frustration and confusion. My work acts as a mirror of the world where the grotesque and distorted appearances of the figures capture my disgust and indignation in the face of the horrors of war and corruption of authority. The brutality I witnessed and at times was subjugated to lend itself to the aggressive and expressive nature of the work. I may start out with a specific memory, but itis ultimately shaped through the process of moving paint and materials around the support. I will often throw, slash, squeegee, and splatter various types of paint directly onto the canvas. As a result of this physicality in the making of the images, I feel that I am going into battle with it. I often want to beat the image into the very fiber of the canvas, burlap, or panel.
Here are some examples of the work.